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operate

op·er·ate

operate

 
pronunciation:
a p reIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: operated, operates, operating
definition 1: to work or run.
This new lamp operates on batteries.
synonyms:
function, run, work
similar words:
behave, handle, perform
definition 2: to cut open a human body in order to repair it.
The doctor operated on the patient's heart.
similar words:
open
definition 3: to control the working of something.
She operates a drill press at work.He's learning how to operate his new computer.
synonyms:
run, work
similar words:
drive, handle, use
derivation: operatable (adj.)
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The word operate contains the following part:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).