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1. To run something, such as a piece of machinery, or a business. "He had to go through 2 weeks of training before he was able to operate the crane without supervision."
2. To be in working order. "This fax machine no longer operates properly, but the one in the library is working fine."
3. Medical: To perform surgery. "The seriously ill patient needed a doctor to operate on him immediately, or his life would be in danger."

Use 'operate' in a Sentence

The surgeon has to make sure he has plenty of rest tomorrow because he has to operate on a patient that requires heart surgery.
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I have recently graduated from college and because of the state of the economy in the United States, I have to not only forget my schooling, but operate machinery to make a living.
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You should always know how to fully operate any machinery before you try so that you don't cause any major damages.
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