• IPA: /ˈɒpəɹeɪt/
  • IPA: /ˈɑpəɹeɪt/

operate (operates, present participle operating; past and past participle operated)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
  2. (transitive or intransitive) To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially (medicine) to take appropriate effect on the human system.
  3. (transitive or intransitive) To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
    • The virtues of private persons operate but on a few.
    • RQ
      A plain, convincing reason operates on the mind both of a learned and ignorant hearer as long as they live.
  4. (medicine, transitive or intransitive) To perform some manual act upon a human body in a methodical manner, and usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, as in amputation, lithotomy, etc.
  5. (transitive or intransitive) To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
  6. (transitive or intransitive) To produce, as an effect; to cause.
  7. (transitive or intransitive) To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work.
    to operate a machine
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  • Russian: вызыва́ть

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