Definitions of operate

  1. To work; to act; to produce an effect; to perform an operation on.
  2. To produce, as an effect; to cause.
  3. To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate a machine.
  4. To effect: to produce by agency.
  5. To effect; produce.
  6. To put in action; work; run; conduct; accomplish.
  7. To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strengh, physical or mechanical; to act.
  8. To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially ( Med.), to take appropriate effect on the human system.
  9. To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
  10. To perform some manual act upon a human body in a methodical manner, and usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, as in amputation, lithotomy, etc.
  11. To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
  12. To work; produce a certain effect; perform a surgical action upon the body.
  13. To work: to exert strength: to produce any effect: to exert moral power: ( med.) to take effect upon the human system: ( surgery) to perform some unusual act upon the body with the hand or an instrument.
  14. To exert power; produce effect; act.
  15. keep engaged; " engaged the gears"
  16. direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; " She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
  17. perform surgery on; " The doctors operated ont he patient but failed to save his life"
  18. happen; " What is going on in the minds of the people?"
  19. To effect a result; work.
  20. To produce by agency.
  21. To exert power or strength, either physical or mechanical; to produce any effect; to produce by agency; to cut or open a part of the body with a view to healing, as a surgeon.