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English verb: operate

1. operate (social) direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.


SamplesShe is running a relief operation in the Sudan.


Synonymsrun


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)direct


Narrower (hyponym)block, financier, warm up, work

2. operate (contact) perform as expected when applied


SamplesThe washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in.
Does this old car still run well?.
This old radio doesn't work anymore.


ExamplesThese cars won't operate


Synonymsfunction, go, run, work


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Narrower (hyponym)cut, double, roll, run, serve, service


Verb grouprun, work


Antonymsmalfunction, misfunction

3. operate (contact) handle and cause to function


SamplesDo not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol.
Control the lever.


Synonymscontrol


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)manipulate


Narrower (hyponym)aviate, dial, drive, fly, gate, pedal, pilot, relay, submarine, synchronise, synchronize, treadle, turn


Verb groupcontrol, master

4. operate (competition) perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense


Synonymsmaneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, move


Narrower (hyponym)jockey

5. operate (change) happen


SamplesWhat is going on in the minds of the people?.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

6. operate (contact) keep engaged


SamplesEngaged the gears.


Synonymsengage, lock, mesh


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)flip, ride, switch, throw


Antonymsdisengage, withdraw

7. operate (body) perform surgery on


SamplesThe doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life.


ExamplesDid he operate his foot?


Synonymsoperate on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)care for, treat


Narrower (hyponym)desex, desexualise, desexualize, face-lift, fix, lift, sterilise, sterilize, trephine, unsex, venesect


Domain categorymedicine, practice of medicine









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