from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To perform a function; work: The motor operates smoothly.
- intransitive v. To perform surgery.
- intransitive v. To exert an influence: forces operating on the economy.
- intransitive v. To produce a desired or proper effect: a drug that operates quickly.
- intransitive v. To carry on a military or naval action or campaign.
- intransitive v. Informal To conduct business in an irregular or devious manner: drug dealers operating in residential and urban areas.
- transitive v. To control the functioning of; run: operate a sewing machine.
- transitive v. To conduct the affairs of; manage: operate a business.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
- v. To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially (Med.), to take appropriate effect on the human system.
- v. To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
- v. To perform some manual act upon a human body in a methodical manner, and usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, as in amputation, lithotomy, etc.
- v. To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
- v. To produce, as an effect; to cause.
- v. To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate a machine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
- intransitive v. To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature
- intransitive v. To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
- intransitive v. To perform some manual act upon a human body in a methodical manner, and usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, as in amputation, lithotomy, etc.
- intransitive v. To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
- transitive v. To produce, as an effect; to cause.
- transitive v. To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To perform or be at work; exert force or influence; act: with on or upon governing the object of the action: as, the sculptor operates on the clay or marble of which he makes his figures; a machine operates on the raw materials submitted to it.
- Specifically, in surgery, to perform some manual act upon the body of the patient, usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, or otherwise to improve the physical condition.
- To produce an effect; act; work: used absolutely.
- To produce the desired or appropriate effect; act effectively; be effectual in producing the result intended: as, the medicine operated well.
- To carry on speculative transactions; buy and sell speculatively: with in: as, to operate in stocks; to operate in oil.
- Synonyms 3 and 4. Act, Work, etc. See act.
- To effect; produce by action or the exertion of force or energy; accomplish as an agent; cause.
- To direct or superintend the working of; cause to move or perform the acts desired; work: as, to operate a machine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. keep engaged
- v. direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
- v. perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
- v. perform as expected when applied
- v. handle and cause to function
- v. perform surgery on
- v. happen
There is a reason why these three safeties operate from the trigger.
The end does not always justify the means, Americans should not operate from the same doctrine that our enemies operate.
Yet there are a bunch of selfish fools programmed by spin doctors who train them to operate from the gut, not the facts.
Let's force the competition by making all insurance companies operate from a unified pool of their enrollments and prohibit them from denying coverage to anyone.
Some operate from the belief, that the poor have always been among us.
"Always operate from the lowest level of decorum and respect – quite appropriate for dirty politics and bottom feeders who exhibit the epitomy of juvenile behavior."
If this is how Fox News and Citizen Palin operate, then thanks but no thanks. wink wink
I operate from a lot of fear, like, of things being lost or forgotten or neglected.
Unless the segregated context in which they operate is also altered, however, speculative financial bubbles will persist and their uneven effects will continue to fall on vulnerable communities of color who have long paid the high costs of hypersegregation in the United States, America's own brand of Apartheid.
He further said that once the law is gazetted the electoral commission “will now operate from a strong position of law to conduct the elections as extended by the national assembly.”