Definition Operate

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to operate (a machine): to control, to use (a machine); to make (a machine) work, function

to operate (on somebody's heart): to perform surgery (on somebody's heart)

an operation (medicine, business): surgery, a surgical procedure (medicine); a business, a procedure, an organization (business)
Pronunciation examples
UK: Do you know how to operate a photocopier?
US: The surgeon operated on her appendix.


  • "Operated By: MIRACLE AIRLINES"
  • "I'd really like to learn a new language or two, so I could operate more efficiently in, say, the Middle Eastern sector."
  • "As a result of the operation, Mr. Connors was physically unable to drive his own car, due to the many bandages covering his eyes, which is why Mr. Marron happened to be at the wheel."
  • "I hope to tour your factory during operating hours, however I don't want to disturb the production process!"
  • "This looks like a rescue operation, Brent."
  • "A co-branding operation seems to be the obvious solution."
  • "Of course, with all this information, the scammers can perform just about any operation they like with the account, including taking all the money out of it."
  • "The only disadvantage is that some workers need to use both of their hands to operate machinery."
  • "You won't be able to remove your bandages for four to six hours after the operation."

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