Textual thesaurus for "operate"

(verb) operate on

perform surgery on

The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life

(verb) maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre

perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense

(verb) control

handle and cause to function

do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol; control the lever

(verb) lock, mesh, engage

keep engaged

engaged the gears

(verb) run, work, go, function

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

(verb) run

direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.

She is running a relief operation in the Sudan