Definition of OPERATES

verb : OPERATES

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan" ;

  • 2. (

    ) perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore" ;

  • 3. (

    ) handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever" ;

  • 6. (

    ) perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life" ;


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