1. operate - verb
· direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
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"
3. operate - verb
· handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
4. operate - verb
· perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
5. operate - verb
· keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
6. operate - verb
· perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
7. operating - adjective
· involved in a kind of operation; "the operating conditions of the oxidation pond"
8. operating - adjective
· being in effect or operation; "de facto apartheid is still operational even in the `new' African nations"- Leslie Marmon Silko; "bus service is in operation during the emergency"; "the company had several operating divisions"
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