Synonyms of operate in English:


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See Spanish definition of funcionar


1‘he can operate the machine’

work, make go, run, set off, use, utilize, employ, handle, control, wield, ply, manage, be in charge of
drive, steer, guide, pilot, manipulate, manoeuvre, exercise

2‘the machine ceased to operate’

function, work, go, run, perform, act, be in action, behave, be in running order, be in working order, be operative

break down, fail

3‘the research will examine how the law operates in practice’

take effect, act, be in effect, be in force, be in operation, stand, apply, be applied, run, be valid, remain valid, be current, function, be efficacious, hold good, be the case

4‘Hechstetter continued to operate the mines until about 1634’

direct, control, manage, run, conduct, carry on, govern, administer, superintend, head, head up, lead, look after, supervise, oversee, preside over, be in charge of, be in control of

5‘when the results of the X-rays are known, doctors will decide whether to operate on Adis’

perform surgery, carry out an operation, intervene
informal put someone under the knife