Definition - operate

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  1. handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
  2. keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
  3. perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
  4. direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
  5. perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
  6. happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
  7. perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense

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