- operant conditioning,
- operant learning,
- operating budget,
- operating income,
- operating microscope,
- operating room,
- operating system
Origin of operating
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 operating
The two carriers are headquartered in Kuala Lumpur but have vastly different profiles and operating philosophies.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Further, in the Super Tuesday states of Florida, Texas, and Virginia, Paul is operating at a decided disadvantage.
With Batman and Planet of the Apes, you seem to be operating around 15 years ahead of the culture.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
About 50 lawyers from six other regions take part, operating in shifts.Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists|Anna Nemtsova|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One hostage died en route, the Journal reported, while the other died on the operating table.
An increase in operating funds for the hospitals is to be channeled mostly into improving plant and equipment.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
When operating on a large scale it will not pay to buy complete brooders.The Dollar Hen|Milo M. Hastings
He was on the second floor in the operating room suite, near room 4, where his operation was performed.Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
On the 20th of July Garibaldi, operating both by land and sea, attacked and defeated them at Milazzo on the northern coast.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878|C. A. Fyffe
This instrument was improved and it gave rise to the contrivance of many delicate surgical instruments for operating on the eye.Inventions in the Century|William Henry Doolittle
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.