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Overview of verb operate

The verb operate has 7 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (34) operate, run

(direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan")

2. (29) function, work, operate, go, run

(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")

3. (14) operate, control

(handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever")

4. (3) manoeuver, maneuver, manoeuvre, operate

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

5. (2) operate

(happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?")

6. engage, mesh, lock, operate

(keep engaged; "engaged the gears")

7. operate on, operate

(perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life")


Overview of adj operating

The adj operating has 2 senses? (first 1 from tagged texts)
1. (2) operating

(involved in a kind of operation; "the operating conditions of the oxidation pond")

2. operational, in operation, operating

(being in effect or operation; "de facto apartheid is still operational even in the `new' African nations"- Leslie Marmon Silko; "bus service is in operation during the emergency"; "the company had several operating divisions")

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