- used or engaged in performing operations: an operating surgeon.
- of, for, or pertaining to operations: an operating budget.
- of or relating to the proper operation of a machine, appliance, etc.: a manual of operating instructions.
- Railroads. of, pertaining, or belonging to railroad workers, as engineers or firemen, who are directly engaged in the mechanical operation of trains: an operating union.
Origin of operating
- to work, perform, or function, as a machine does: This engine does not operate properly.
- to work or use a machine, apparatus, or the like.
- to act effectively; produce an effect; exert force or influence (often followed by on or upon): Their propaganda is beginning to operate on the minds of the people.
- to perform some process of work or treatment.
- Surgery. to perform a surgical procedure.
- (of a drug) to produce the effect intended.
- to carry on operations in war.
- to give orders and accomplish military acts, as distinguished from doing staff work.
- to carry on transactions in securities, or some commodity, especially speculatively or on a large scale.
- Informal. to use devious means for one's own gain; insinuate oneself; finagle: a man who knows how to operate with the ladies.
- to manage or use (a machine, device, etc.): to operate a switchboard.
- to put or keep (a factory, industrial system, ranch, etc.) working or in operation: to operate a coal mine.
- to bring about, effect, or produce, as by action or the exertion of force or influence.
Origin of operate
Examples from the Web for operating
The two carriers are headquartered in Kuala Lumpur but have vastly different profiles and operating philosophies.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
Further, in the Super Tuesday states of Florida, Texas, and Virginia, Paul is operating at a decided disadvantage.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
With Batman and Planet of the Apes, you seem to be operating around 15 years ahead of the culture.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
About 50 lawyers from six other regions take part, operating in shifts.Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists
December 14, 2014
One hostage died en route, the Journal reported, while the other died on the operating table.Did U.S. Policy Get Luke Somers Killed?
December 6, 2014
In the movement to and from the operating room, the door stood open for a moment.
All the time I was sitting waiting, I kept thinking that it was you who were operating!
But that first case died because a sponge had been left in the operating field.
You were operating, with everybody standing by, saying how wonderful it was.
It was an operating table—and he was to be the subject of their operation!
- to function or cause to function
- (tr) to control the functioning ofoperate a machine
- to manage, direct, run, or pursue (a business, system, etc)
- (intr) to perform a surgical operation (upon a person or animal)
- (intr) to produce a desired or intended effect
- (tr usually foll by on) to treat or process in a particular or specific way
- (intr) to conduct military or naval operations
- (intr) to deal in securities on a stock exchange
Word Origin and History for operating
c.1600, "to be in effect," back-formation from operation, or else from Latin operatus, past participle of operari "to work, labor, toil, take pains" (in Late Latin "to have effect, be active, cause"). Surgical sense is first attested 1799. Meaning "to work machinery" is from 1864 in American English. Related: Operated; operating. Operating system in the computer sense is from 1961.
- To perform surgery.