How to use
, past participle of operari
, from opus;
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Nurses, Doctors, etc
to use and control a machine or equipment
The Lewis family operated a number of boats on the canal.
Clive was experienced in operating the computers.
intransitive always + adverb/preposition
if a machine operates in a particular way, it works in that way
Check that the equipment is operating in a safe manner.
The bus is designed to operate in all weather conditions.
Most freezers operate at below -18°C.
if a business or organization operates in a particular place or way, it works in that place or way
a design company operating from offices in Seattle.
A playgroup operates on the campus.
They were trying to reduce
to control a business or organization
Nuns are operating an emergency hospital.
intransitive and transitive
if a system, process, or service operates, or if you operate it, it works
The whole tax system is now operating more efficiently.
The new law doesn't operate in our favour.
The car parks operate a pay-as-you-leave system.
The bus company operates a Monday to Saturday service.
to cut into someone's body in order to repair or remove a part that is damaged
Doctors had to operate to remove the bullet.
the surgeon who operated on Taylor's knee
A surgeon does not 'operate' a part of a person's body. He or she
They need to operate on her stomach (NOT operate her stomach).
to do your job or try to achieve things in a particular way
Most people just can't operate in noisy, crowded conditions.
Older children often like to operate independently.
if soldiers or police officers are operating in an area, they are working in that area
Security patrols now operate in some of the most dangerous parts of the city.
enemy submarines operating in the Mediterranean
operate as something
to have a particular purpose
The foam operates as a very effective filter.
The car's service manual is designed to operate as a guide for owners.
to have an effect on something
the laws of evolution operating on each species
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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