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Main Entry: op·er·ate
Inflected Form(s): -at·ed; -at·ing
Etymology: from Latin operatus, past participle of operari "to work" --related to MANEUVER --see Word History at MANEUVER 1: to work or cause to work in a proper way <how to operate the new microwave oven> 2: to take effect <a drug that operates quickly> 3: MANAGE 1 <operate a business> 4 a: to perform an operation or a series of operations b: to perform surgery <operate on a patient> <operated on an injured leg>