[ UK /ˈɒpəɹˌe‍ɪt/ ]
[ US /ˈɑpɝˌeɪt, ˈɔpɝˌeɪt/ ]
  1. perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
  2. handle and cause to function
    control the lever
    do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol
  3. perform as expected when applied
    The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in
    This old radio doesn't work anymore
    Does this old car still run well?
  4. keep engaged
    engaged the gears
  5. direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
    She is running a relief operation in the Sudan
  6. perform surgery on
    The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life
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How To Use operate In A Sentence

  • The battery-operated doll comes complete with walkie-talkie and a wardrobe choice of military fatigues or bolero jacket and gold trousers.
  • ‘The council operates a priority order for gritting roads and footpaths,’ a spokesman said.
  • He urged booksellers to cooperate to form a nationwide chain of ecumenical book outlets that would be well-funded and professionally run.
  • She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate
  • Invitro certain combinations of oncogenes cooperate to transform primary rat cells.
  • It was battery operated, and would not rely on a malfunction in the main power supply.
  • Caltrain contracts with Amtrak to operate the commuter rail line, which accommodates 26, 000 daily riders.
  • We are working what you described as the targeting process to think our way through all of the possibilities, as well as to determine what the restricted lists might be associated to this so that we stay within the guidelines that our country operates within. CNN Transcript Mar 5, 2003
  • Pakistan should cooperate with India in uprooting this. Understanding Mumbai, India and terrorism : Law is Cool
  • For a time, the revolt chilled the atmosphere in which they had to operate and stimulated a vigorous debate within their fracturing movement about the appropriate means to effect the desired end of emancipation.
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