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operate

verb [I] (MEDICAL PROCESS)    /ˈɒp.ər.eɪt/ US  /ˈɑː.pə.reɪt/
B1 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?Surgery
(Definition of operate verb (MEDICAL PROCESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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