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.
- operant conditioning,
- operant learning,
- operating budget,
- operating income,
- operating microscope
Origin of operate
Examples from the Web for operate
But it takes more than just pilots to operate the drone fleet.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
"We will continue to operate in Portland," Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend told The Oregonian.
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.
How can a system, built upon a stout and impudent denial of self-evident truth--a system of treating men like cattle--operate?The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
In short, her own wishes should operate very strongly against these regrets.
Most of them operate under what is known as the advance-premium method.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
Hold the clutch lever in one hand, while with the other you operate the steering wheel.Farm Engines and How to Run Them|James H. Stephenson
It is best to begin to operate upon the skin half an hour after it has been flayed.The Art of Travel|Francis Galton
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.