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operate

verb

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1 to control the mechanical operation of
  • do not operate heavy machinery, including cars, after taking this medication

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2 to look after and make decisions about
  • it takes years to learn how to operate that kind of business so that it makes money

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3 to produce a desired effect
  • the medicine will take an hour or so to operate the first time you use it

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4 to put into action or service
  • wouldn't dream of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol

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The first known use of operate was in 1588

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“Operate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/operate. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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