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operate

op·er·ate

operate

 
 
pronunciation:
a p reIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: operated, operates, operating
definition 1: to function in a correct or effective manner, as a machine.
synonyms:
function, go, run, work
similar words:
act, behave, handle, perform
definition 2: to be in the process of action; carry on affairs.
similar words:
act, function, perform, work
definition 3: to perform a surgical procedure (usu. fol. by on).
similar words:
open
definition 4: (informal) to act with skillful deception so as to improve one's own situation.
synonyms:
finagle, machinate
similar words:
insinuate onself, maneuver, plot, scheme
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to control the functioning of a machine or the like.
synonyms:
run, work
similar words:
drive, handle, use
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derivation: operatable (adj.)
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