AskDefine | Define operate

Dictionary Definition



1 direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan" [syn: run]
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" [syn: function, work, go, run] [ant: malfunction]
3 handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever" [syn: control]
4 perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense [syn: manoeuver, maneuver, manoeuvre]
5 happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
6 keep engaged; "engaged the gears" [syn: engage, mesh, lock] [ant: disengage]
7 perform surgery on; "The doctors operated ont he patient but failed to save his life" [syn: operate on]

User Contributed Dictionary



operatus, past participle of operari to work, from opus, operis, work, labor



  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.


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operate p

Extensive Definition

"Operate" is a song written and recorded by Peaches. The song was released as a double limited vinyl aside with "Shake Yer Dix" to promote the release of her second studio album Fatherfucker. The song was featured in the movie Mean Girls and "Waiting...".


  1. "Operate "
  2. "Shake Yer Dix"

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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