verb (used without object), op·er·at·ed, op·er·at·ing.
- to carry on operations in war.
- to give orders and accomplish military acts, as distinguished from doing staff work.
verb (used with object), op·er·at·ed, op·er·at·ing.
Origin of operate
Related Words for operatedo, move, run, complete, engage, transport, work, serve, keep, produce, take, act, promote, conduct, achieve, play, handle, drive, administer, explore
Examples from the Web for operate
Contemporary Examples of operate
But it takes more than just pilots to operate the drone fleet.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
"We will continue to operate in Portland," Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend told The Oregonian.Things Are Going Downhill Fast for Uber
December 11, 2014
They operate in a realm largely untouched by legislation, unions, and guilds.
Crowd labor platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk operate with few rules and little protection for workers.
Without the proper equipment to repair and operate the Mohajer-4 it may be more of a photo prop than a piece of weaponry.ISIS: We Nabbed an Iranian Drone
November 17, 2014
Historical Examples of operate
No, my lad, I'm not going to operate on you instanter, but I do want my reflector.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The magnetic influence cannot be seen--is this a reason that it does not operate?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
I could not operate the mechanism of invisibility of De Boer's X-flyer.
It is possible to operate the spindles at a remarkable speed.The Fabric of Civilization
Oh to be allowed to operate properly, as grown-up people do!Lotus Buds
Word Origin for operate
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.