Dictionary Results for operate

1. operate - verb

· direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"

Synonym(s): run

Hypernym(s): direct

2. operate - verb

· perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore"

Synonym(s): function, work, go, run

3. operate - verb

· handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"

Synonym(s): control

Hypernym(s): manipulate

4. operate - verb

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

Synonym(s): manoeuver, maneuver, manoeuvre

Hypernym(s): move, go

5. operate - verb

· keep engaged; "engaged the gears"

Synonym(s): engage, mesh, lock

Hypernym(s): move, displace

6. operate - verb

· perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"

Synonym(s): operate_on

Hypernym(s): treat, care_for

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