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operate

verb uk   /ˈɒp.ər.eɪt/  us   /ˈɑː.pə.reɪt/

operate verb (WORK)

B2 [I or T] to (cause to) work, be in action or have an effect: How do you operate the remote control unit? Does the company operate a pension scheme? For several years she operated a dating agency from her basement flat. Changes are being introduced to make the department operate more efficiently. Specially equipped troops are operating in the hills. We have representatives operating in most countries. Exchange rates are currently operating to the advantage of exporters.
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operate verb (MEDICAL PROCESS)

B1 [I] to cut a body open for medical reasons in order to repair, remove, or replace an unhealthy or damaged part: If the growth gets any bigger they'll have to operate. Are they going to operate on him?
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