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operate

[ op-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈɒp əˌreɪt /
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verb (used without object), op·er·at·ed, op·er·at·ing.
verb (used with object), op·er·at·ed, op·er·at·ing.
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Origin of operate

1600–10; <Late Latin operātus, past participle of operārī, -āre 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
/ (ˈɒpəˌreɪt) /

verb

Word Origin for operate

C17: from Latin operāri to work
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Medical definitions for operate

operate
[ ŏpə-rāt′ ]

v.
To perform surgery.
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