- operate */*/*/
- UK [ˈɒpəreɪt] / US [ˈɑpəˌreɪt]
Word forms "operate":
present tense I/you/we/they operate he/she/it operates present participle operating past tense operated past participle operated1)a) [intransitive] if equipment operates, it works and does what it is intended to dooperate on/at:
The ventilation equipment was not operating properly.
Many computers were still operating on a two-digit dating system.
The motor operates at very high speeds.b) [transitive] to use and control a piece of equipment
You should not operate machinery after taking this medication.
My job was to operate the telephone switchboard.2)a) [intransitive] if an organization or company operates, it does its workoperate as:
The company has been operating in Europe for two years.operate under/within:
Richardson's will in future operate as a subsidiary of AFA.operate on a basis/principle:
All the parties have to operate within the democratic system.
The organization operates on a non-profit basis.b) [transitive] to run a company or organization
The car hire business is operated as a separate company.3)a) [transitive] to organize a service or system and make it available to people
The government will operate an interest-free loan system.
a licence to operate a passenger transport networkb) [intransitive] if a service or system operates, it exists and is available
Flights operate every day from Birmingham.4) [intransitive] to cut into part of someone's body for medical reasonsoperate on:
Surgeons had to operate to remove the bullet.
The driver of the car was operated on immediately.
We may have to operate on your leg.5) [intransitive] if something such as a rule, idea, or fact operates, it exists and has an effect in a particular situation
Racism operates at many levels, conscious and unconscious.operate as:
Very different factors were operating in the local and national elections.
This law effectively operates as a tax on education.6) [intransitive] if someone operates in a particular way, that is how they achieve what they want to dooperate as:operate by doing something:
The sales staff usually operate as a team.
Carlson operated by gaining people's confidence and then taking their money.
She won't argue with you – that's not how she operates.
English dictionary. 2014.