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  • 21operate — v. 1) (d; intr.) to operate against (their troops were operating against the guerrillas) 2) (med.) (D; intr.) to operate for; on (the surgeon operated on her for appendicitis; she was operated on for appendicitis) * * * [ ɒpəreɪt] on (the surgeon …

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  • 22operate — / ɒpəreɪt/ verb 1. to be in force ● The new terms of service will operate from January 1st. ● The rules operate on inland postal services only. 2. to make something work or function ♦ to operate a machine to make a machine work ● He is learning… …

    Marketing dictionary in english

  • 23operate on — verb perform surgery on The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life • Syn: ↑operate • Derivationally related forms: ↑operative (for: ↑operate), ↑operation ( …

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  • 24operate — [17] Operate belongs to a small family of English words that trace their history back to Latin opus ‘work’, which may be related to Sanskrit ápas ‘work’, Old English afol ‘power’, and Latin ops ‘wealth’ (source of English copious, copy, and… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 25operate — verb 1) he can operate the machine Syn: work, run, make go, use, utilize, handle, control, manage; drive, steer, maneuver 2) the machine ceased to operate Syn: function …

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  • 26operate — [17] Operate belongs to a small family of English words that trace their history back to Latin opus ‘work’, which may be related to Sanskrit ápas ‘work’, Old English afol ‘power’, and Latin ops ‘wealth’ (source of English copious, copy, and… …

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  • 27operate — verb 1) he can operate the crane Syn: work, run, use, handle, control, manage, drive, steer, manoeuvre 2) the machine ceased to operate Syn: function, work …

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  • 28operate on — phr verb Operate on is used with these nouns as the object: ↑margin …

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  • 29operate v — She was only the Doctor s daughter, but she really knew how to operate …

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  • 30operate — verb 1》 (with reference to a machine, process, etc.) function or control the functioning of: market forces were allowed to operate freely. 2》 (with reference to an organization) manage or be managed and run.     ↘(of an armed force) conduct… …

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  • 31operate — [c]/ˈɒpəreɪt / (say opuhrayt) verb (operated, operating) –verb (i) 1. to work or run, as a machine does. 2. to work or use a machine, apparatus, or the like. 3. (sometimes followed by on or upon) to act effectively; exert force or influence: now… …

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  • 32operate — verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Latin operatus, past participle of operari to work, from oper , opus work; akin to Old English efnan to perform, Sanskrit apas work Date: 1588 intransitive verb 1. to perform a function ; exert power or influence <&#8230; …

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  • 33operate — verb a) To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act. b) To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially (Med.), to take appropriate effect on the human&#8230; …

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  • 34operate — 1. To work upon the body by the hands or by means of cutting or other instrument. 2. To perform a surgical procedure. 3. To cause a movement of the bowels; said of a laxative or cathartic remedy. [L. operor, pp. atus, to work …

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  • 35operate — Synonyms and related words: act, angle, be caught short, be effective, be in action, be responsible for, be short, behave, belong, brew, bucket, bucketshop, cabal, carry on, carry out, carry through, chart a course, collude, complot, concoct,&#8230; …

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  • 36operate on — Synonyms and related words: act on, act upon, affect, bandage, bathe, care for, concentrate on, cure, diagnose, doctor, flux, focus on, give care to, heal, influence, massage, minister to, nurse, physic, plaster, poultice, purge, remedy, rub,&#8230; …

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  • 37operate — South African Slang Origin: South African Indian slang have sex with …

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  • 38operate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. conduct, manage, direct, go, run, work, function, act. See action, agency. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To keep in operation] Syn. manipulate, conduct, administer; see command 2 , manage 1 . 2. [To be in&#8230; …

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  • 39operate — To be involved in the production of an opera, especially in a non stage role. Hey Matt, are you on break? Yeah, we re done operating for the moment …

    Dictionary of american slang

  • 40operate — To be involved in the production of an opera, especially in a non stage role. Hey Matt, are you on break? Yeah, we re done operating for the moment …

    Dictionary of american slang