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
Examples from the Web for 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|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
During two years in Iranian custody, Abdolhamid provided crucial details of how Jundullah operated.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She operated it for 16 years before putting it in the hands of one of her mistresses.
It would inject a threat of accountability into power, and upend the impunity wartime leaders had operated under for years.
It added that it would be “operated exclusively for public and social-welfare purposes.”
If the float is too high on its stem, the gasoline control valve may not be operated until the fuel overflows in its chamber.The Gasoline Motor|Harold Whiting Slauson
Over one of them the woven product passes as the loom is operated, while the other holds the unwoven warp.The Library of Work and Play: Home Decoration|Charles Franklin Warner
Washington was on the watch for them, and operated the diving chamber.Under the Ocean to the South Pole|Roy Rockwood
The system has not operated to take women from their homes, nor has it tended to make them in any way masculine.
The slide valve may also be operated by hand before the engine is started, or it may be operated by a steam reversing gear.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
British Dictionary definitions for operated
Word Origin for operate
Word Origin and History for operated
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.