Definition of operate

Definition of operate
  1. operate Verb To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
  2. operate Verb 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. operate Verb To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
  4. operate Verb 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. operate Verb To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
  6. operate Verb To produce, as an effect; to cause.
  7. operate Verb To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate a machine.
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