Definitions of operate:
  • verb:   direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
  • verb:   happen
  • verb:   handle and cause to function
    Example: "Do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"
  • verb:   perform surgery on
    Example: "The doctors operated ont he patient but failed to save his life"
  • verb:   perform as expected when applied
  • verb:   perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
  • verb:   keep engaged

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