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Definition of Operate

Operate

  1. To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strengh, physical or mechanical; to act.
  2. To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially (Med.), to take appropriate effect on the human system.
  3. To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
  4. 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.
  5. To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
  6. To produce, as an effect; to cause.
  7. To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate a machine.

Operate Quotations

I own and operate a ferocious ego.
Bill Moyers

This is the rock 'n' roll life, and you had to invent it as you went along. There was no textbook to say how you operate this machinery.
Keith Richards

I don't operate on smokers. I tell cigarette smokers that I can operate on you, I get paid the same. And you might even do well. But it's the wrong thing to do. So I refuse to operate on you until you stop smoking.
Mehmet Oz

Growing up in a very rural and remote area in Colorado's San Luis Valley - one of the poorest counties in the United States - essentially created the framework of values from which I operate. I stand up for the little guy. I fight discrimination at all levels. I fight for an inclusive America.
Ken Salazar

I find as long as I acknowledge the truth of something, then that's it. I know what it is and then I can operate. But if I overestimate the downside of something or the challenge of something and I get too obsessed about the difficulty of it, then I don't leave enough room to be open to the upside, the possibility.
Michael J. Fox
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Operate Translations

operate in Afrikaans is opereer, loop, werk
operate in Dutch is functioneren, het doen
operate in Finnish is toimia
operate in German is eingeschaltet, bedienen
operate in Italian is funzionare, esercitare, servire
operate in Portuguese is funcionar, opere
operate in Spanish is gestionar, operar, funcionar
operate in Swedish is operera
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