operate verb

1 machine

ADV. effectively, efficiently, reliably | continuously The machine can operate for 15 hours continuously at full power. | electrically, electronically, hydraulically, manually, remotely (= by remote control) The doors can be manually operated in the event of fire.

VERB + OPERATE be designed to systems designed to operate at the highest speeds | be easy to The machinery is easy to operate.

PHRASES battery operated

2 business/system

ADV. effectively, efficiently, profitably, successfully | autonomously, independently | commercially The laboratory is still owned by the government but is now commercially operated.

VERB + OPERATE be able to | be allowed to | continue to

PREP. according to The government does not operate according to fixed rules. | as We operate as an advisory service for schools. | within Local authorities operate within a wider political system.