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Definition 1: perform surgery on - [verb of body]

Samples where operate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life

Synonyms for operate in the sense of this definition

(operate is a kind of ...) provide treatment for

"The doctor treated my broken leg" "The nurses cared for the bomb victims" "The patient must be treated right away or she will die" "Treat the infection with antibiotics"

(... is a kind of operate ) make infertile

"in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized"

(... is a kind of operate ) perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face

(... is a kind of operate ) operate on with a trephine

(... is a kind of operate ) practice venesection

(operate belongs to category ...) the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries

"he studied medicine at Harvard"

Definition 2: perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense - [verb of competition]

Synonyms for operate in the sense of this definition

(operate is a kind of ...) have a turn; make one's move in a game

"Can I go now?"

(... is a kind of operate ) compete (for an advantage or a position)

Definition 3: handle and cause to function - [verb of contact]

Samples where operate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol
  • control the lever

Synonyms for operate in the sense of this definition

(operate is a kind of ...) hold something in one's hands and move it

(... is a kind of operate ) operate simultaneously

"The clocks synchronize"

(... is a kind of operate ) operate or control a vehicle

"drive a car or bus" "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"

(... is a kind of operate ) operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument

(... is a kind of operate ) control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate

(... is a kind of operate ) control or operate by relay

(... is a kind of operate ) operate (machinery) by a treadle

(... is a kind of operate ) control a submarine

(... is a kind of operate ) alter the functioning or setting of

"turn the dial to 10" "turn the heat down"

(... is a kind of operate ) operate a dial to select a telephone number

"You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial"

(... is a kind of operate ) operate an airplane

"The pilot flew to Cuba"

(operate has a similar meaning as ...) have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

"Do you control these data?"

Definition 4: keep engaged - [verb of contact]

Samples where operate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • engaged the gears

Synonyms for operate in the sense of this definition

(operate is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of operate ) cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation

"switch on the light" "throw the lever"

(... is a kind of operate ) keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot

"Don't ride the clutch!"

Definition 5: perform as expected when applied - [verb of contact]

Samples where operate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for operate in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of operate ) do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions

"She doubles as his wife and secretary"

(... is a kind of operate ) begin operating or running

"The cameras were rolling" "The presses are already rolling"

(operate has a similar meaning as ...) be operating, running or functioning

"The car is still running--turn it off!"

(... is a kind of operate ) function as a cutting instrument

"This knife cuts well"

(... is a kind of operate ) be used by; as of a utility

"The sewage plant served the neighboring communities" "The garage served to shelter his horses"

(operate has a similar meaning as ...) operate in or through

"Work the phones"

Samples where operate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She is running a relief operation in the Sudan

Synonyms for operate in the sense of this definition

(operate is a kind of ...) be in charge of

(... is a kind of operate ) conduct financial operations

(... is a kind of operate ) operate in or through

"Work the phones"

(... is a kind of operate ) run on a block system

"block trains"

(... is a kind of operate ) run until the normal working temperature is reached

"We warmed up the car for a few minutes"

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