1. [ verb ] direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
Synonyms: run

"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"

Related terms: direct warm_up work financier block operator running
2. [ verb ] perform as expected when applied
Synonyms: work function run go

"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"

Related terms: malfunction service run double roll cut pan_out run work operation
3. [ verb ] handle and cause to function
Synonyms: control

"do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol" "control the lever"

Related terms: manipulate drive fly dial submarine treadle synchronise gate pedal relay turn master operator operation
4. [ verb ] (military) perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
Synonyms: manoeuvre manoeuver maneuver
Related terms: move jockey operation
5. [ verb ] happen
Synonyms: work

"What is going on in the minds of the people?"

Related terms: anticipate happen process
6. [ verb ] keep engaged
Synonyms: lock mesh engage

"engaged the gears"

Related terms: disengage move throw ride operation engagement mesh
7. [ verb ] (surgery) perform surgery on
Synonyms: operate_on

"The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"

Related terms: treat sterilize venesect face-lift trephine medicine
Similar spelling:   operate_on