op·er·ate /ˈɑpəˌret, ˈɑˌpret/
op·er·ate /ˈɑp(ə)ˌret/ 動詞
Op·er·ate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Operated p. pr. & vb. n. Operating.]
1. To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
2. To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially Med., to take appropriate effect on the human system.
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. [Brokers' Cant]
Op·er·ate, 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.
v 1: direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is
running a relief operation in the Sudan" [syn: run]
2: 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" [syn: function,
work, go, run] [ant: malfunction]
3: handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery
after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever" [syn: control]
4: perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to
secure an advantage in attack or defense [syn: manoeuver,
5: happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
6: keep engaged; "engaged the gears" [syn: engage, mesh, lock]
7: perform surgery on; "The doctors operated ont he patient but
failed to save his life" [syn: operate on]