Operate

Definition of Operate

Op´er`ate
v. i.1.To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
[imp. & p. p. Operated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Operating.]
2.(Med.) To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature;
3.To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
The virtues of private persons operate but on a few.
- Atterbury.
A plain, convincing reason operates on the mind both of a learned and ignorant hearer as long as they live.
- Swift.
4.(Surg.) 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.
5.To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
v. t.1.To produce, as an effect; to cause.
The same cause would operate a diminution of the value of stock.
- A. Hamilton.
2.To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate a machine.

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