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operate

[ op-uh-reyt ]
/ 藞蓲p 蓹藢re瑟t /
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Origin of operate

1600鈥10; <Late Latin oper膩tus, past participle of oper膩r墨, -膩re to work, be efficacious, effect, produce, Latin: to busy oneself, verbal derivative of opera effort, work, akin to opus work; see -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for operate

operate
/ (藞蓲p蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb

Word Origin for operate

C17: from Latin oper膩ri to work
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Medical definitions for operate

operate
[ 艔p蓹-r膩t鈥 ]

v.
To perform surgery.
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