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Meaning of “operate” in the English Dictionary

"operate" in British English

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operateverb

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 ​remotecontrolunit? Does the ​company operate a ​pensionscheme? For several ​years she operated a ​datingagency from her ​basement. Changes are being ​introduced to make the ​department operate more ​efficiently. Specially ​equippedtroops 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 ​bodyopen for ​medicalreasons in ​order to ​repair, ​remove, or ​replace an ​unhealthy or ​damagedpart: If the ​growth gets any ​bigger they'll have to operate. Are they going to operate on him?
(Definition of operate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"operate" in American English

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operateverb

 us   /ˈɑp·əˌreɪt/
  • operate verb (WORK)

[I/T] to ​work or ​cause something to ​work, be in ​action, or have an ​effect: [T] How do you operate the ​remotecontrolunit? [I] Changes are being ​introduced to make the ​department operate more ​efficiently.
  • operate verb (USE MEDICAL PROCESS)

[I] to ​cut a ​bodyopen in ​order to ​repair, ​remove, or ​replace an ​unhealthy or ​damagedpart: Doctors will operate on her ​tomorrowmorning.
(Definition of operate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"operate" in Business English

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operateverb

uk   us   /ˈɒpəreɪt/
[T] to use or ​controlequipment or a ​machine or to make something ​work: Older ​people are ​returning to classrooms for ​instruction in everything from operating a ​mouse to ​masteringspreadsheets.
[I] if a ​business, ​system, etc. operates in a particular way, it ​works or is used in that way: Changes are being ​introduced to make the ​department operate more ​profitably. Exchange ​rates are ​currently operating to the ​advantage of ​exporters.operate as sth The ​company operates as an ​internationaldeliveryservice for ​producetradingcompanies.operate through sb/sth Centralized ​lenders operate through ​mortgagebrokers and ​insurancecompanies.operate at sth The ​plant is operating at barely 30% of ​capacity.
[I] to do ​business in or from a particular ​place: operate across/in/from sth We operate in 50 countries around the ​world. We have ​representatives operating in most countries.operate out of sth The ​organization operates out of a ​smalloffice in the ​centre of town.
[T] to ​manage a ​business, ​service, etc. and make it ​work: The ​company operated 156 fewer ​stores this ​year. We began operating a ​pilotservice earlier this ​year. Does the ​company operate a ​pensionplan?
(Definition of operate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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