Synonyms for operate


1. operate, run, direct
usage: direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
2. function, work, operate, go, run
usage: 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. operate, control, manipulate
usage: handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
4. manoeuver, maneuver, manoeuvre, operate, move, go
usage: perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
5. operate, happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place
usage: happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
6. engage, mesh, lock, operate, move, displace
usage: keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
7. operate on, operate, treat, care for
usage: perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
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