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English definition of “operate”

operate

verb [I or T] (WORK)    /ˈɒp.ər.eɪt/ US  /ˈɑː.pə.reɪt/
B2 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.FunctioningPerforming a functionPerforming a functionFunctioning
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