operate

You'll want to find a skilled surgeon to operate on your hand. Once your hand is working again, you'll be able to operate your buzz saw with ease.

Operate comes from a Latin root related to opus, "work," and it's a verb that can be used for all kinds of work. Your computer can operate smoothly, the lottery can operate successfully, your school can operate a day care center in some vacant classrooms, and you can operate your vehicle in a safe manner. If you're an unshakable optimist, your friends may say you "operate in a dream world."

Definitions of operate
  1. verb
    perform as expected when applied
    synonyms: function, go, run, work
    run
    be operating, running or functioning
    work
    operate in or through
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    malfunction, misfunction
    fail to function or function improperly
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    double
    do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions
    roll
    begin operating or running
    run
    be operating, running or functioning
    cut
    function as a cutting instrument
    serve, service
    be used by; as of a utility
  2. verb
    handle and cause to function
    “do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol”
    synonyms: control
    control, master
    have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
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    synchronise, synchronize
    operate simultaneously
    dial
    operate a dial to select a telephone number
    turn
    alter the functioning or setting of
    submarine
    control a submarine
    treadle
    operate (machinery) by a treadle
    relay
    control or operate by relay
    gate
    control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate
    pedal
    operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument
    drive
    operate or control a vehicle
    aviate, fly, pilot
    operate an airplane
    coach
    drive a coach
    test drive
    test a vehicle by driving it
    fly blind
    fly an airplane solely by relying on instruments
    fly contact
    fly a plane by using visible landmarks or points of reference
    solo
    fly alone, without a co-pilot or passengers
    test fly
    test a plane
    jet
    fly a jet plane
    glide
    fly in or as if in a glider plane
    hydroplane, seaplane
    glide on the water in a hydroplane
    balloon
    ride in a hot-air balloon
    flat-hat, hedgehop
    fly very close to the ground
    hang glide, soar
    fly by means of a hang glider
    drive
    move by being propelled by a force
    tool
    drive
    type of:
    manipulate
    hold something in one's hands and move it
  3. verb
    direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
    synonyms: run
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    financier
    conduct financial operations, often in an unethical manner
    work
    operate in or through
    block
    run on a block system
    warm up
    run until the normal working temperature is reached
    type of:
    direct
    be in charge of
  4. verb
    happen
  5. verb
    keep engaged
    synonyms: engage, lock, mesh
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    disengage, withdraw
    release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
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    flip, switch, throw
    cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
    ride
    keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot
    switch on, turn on
    cause to operate by flipping a switch
    cut, switch off, turn off, turn out
    cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  6. verb
    perform surgery on
    “The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life”
    synonyms: operate on
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    desex, desexualise, desexualize, fix, sterilise, sterilize, unsex
    make infertile
    face-lift, lift
    perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face
    trephine
    operate on with a trephine
    venesect
    practice venesection
    alter, castrate, neuter, spay
    remove the ovaries of
    castrate, demasculinise, demasculinize, emasculate
    remove the testicles of a male animal
    vasectomise, vasectomize
    remove the vas deferens
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    care for, treat
    provide treatment for
  7. verb
    perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
    synonyms: maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre
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    jockey
    compete (for an advantage or a position)
    type of:
    go, move
    have a turn; make one's move in a game
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