Definition - operates

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  1. perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
  2. happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
  3. perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
  4. handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
  5. keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
  6. 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"
  7. direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"