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op·er·ate

operate

 
 
pronunciation:
a p reIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: operates, operating, operated
definition 1: to work or run.
This new sewing machine operates for several hours on batteries.
synonyms:
function, go, run, work
similar words:
behave, handle, perform
definition 2: to perform surgery (usually followed by "on").
The doctor operated on the patient's heart for six hours.
similar words:
open
definition 3: to control the running of.
My smart little sister operates the computer very well.
synonyms:
run, work
similar words:
drive, handle, use
derivation: operatable (adj.)
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