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."

Primary Meanings of operate

1.
v
perform as expected when applied
2.
v
perform surgery on
3.
v
perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
Full Definitions of operate
1

v perform as expected when applied

Synonyms:
function, go, run, work
run
be operating, running or functioning
work
operate in or through
Antonyms:
malfunction, misfunction
fail to function or function improperly
Types:
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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

v 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

v direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.

Synonyms:
run
Types:
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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

v happen

Type of:
come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass

v keep engaged

Synonyms:
engage, lock, mesh
Antonyms:
disengage, withdraw
release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
Types:
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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
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
2

v 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
Type of:
care for, treat
provide treatment for
3

v perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense

Synonyms:
maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre
Types:
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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