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 operatedfulfilled, managed, negotiated, enforced, executed, ordered, handled, determined, used, run, moved, transported, driven, finished, served, sustained, worked, directed, contrived, practiced
Examples from the Web for operated
Contemporary Examples of operated
AirAsia Indonesia, which operated Flight 8501, is the Indonesian subsidiary of AirAsia, which is based in Malaysia.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
During two years in Iranian custody, Abdolhamid provided crucial details of how Jundullah operated.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
She operated it for 16 years before putting it in the hands of one of her mistresses.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
It would inject a threat of accountability into power, and upend the impunity wartime leaders had operated under for years.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
It added that it would be “operated exclusively for public and social-welfare purposes.”Mystery Man Buys Kentucky for the GOP
Center for Public Integrity
October 29, 2014
Historical Examples of operated
New-Haven enjoys an elephant that has corns, and is about to be operated on by a chiropodist.
Not far from his grandmother's residence there was a windmill which operated on a new plan.Biographical Stories
This man said I must be operated on by a burning process, all of which was said to frighten me to duty.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
It is operated by pressing the keys of the machine and the spirits of the audience.The Devil's Dictionary
From Hanover he removed to Pittsburgh, where he operated in provisions until 1845.Cleveland Past and Present
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.