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/ 5CpEreIt; `BpE9ret/ v 1 (a) [I] (fml ) work; be in action ; : This machine operates night and day. . * The lift was not operating properly. . (b) [Tn] cause (a machine, etc) to work; control ; ; : operate machinery * He operates the lift. . * The kettle is operated by electricity. . 2 [I, Ipr, It] have or produce an effect; be in action ; ; : The system operates in five countries. . * The new law operates to our advantage. . * Several causes operated to bring about the war. . 3 [Ipr, Tn] ~ (from sth) do business; manageor direct (sth) ; : The company operates from offices in London. . * They operate three factories and a huge warehouse. . 4 [I, Ipr] ~ (on sb) (for sth) perform a surgical operation : The doctors decided to operate (on her) immediately. . 5 [I, Ipr] (of soldiers, the police, etc) carry out raids, patrols, etc : bombers operating from bases in the North * Police speed traps are operating on this motorway. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:00
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