Definition of operate
- factors operating against our success
- the drug operated quickly
- The surgeon has been operating all morning.
- The army will operate in conjunction with the air force.
- crooked gamblers operating in the club
They hope to have the windmill operating again tomorrow.
The camera also operates underwater.
The machine can operate at high speeds.
instructions for operating the new microwave oven
a license to operate a motor vehicle
The café is owned and operated by a young couple.
The organization operates a recycling program.
It's the only casino operating in the state.
The company operates from Chicago.
a militant group operating against the government
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First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
: to function or behave in a proper or particular way
: to use and control (something)
: to have control of (something, such as a business, department, program, etc.)
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