There are a few different ways to use the word "operate"; however, the basic meaning is to do something or to use a machine or a tool.

  • Do you know how to operate a digital camera?
  • Can you operate a car that has a manual transmission?
  • The C.I.A. operates in countries all over the world.
  • My uncle operates a farm with over 300 acres. (In this sentence, "operate" means to manage.)
  • The doctor who operated on a man with gunshot wounds saved the man’s life.

The word "operation" is a noun. It’s used for medical procedures, planned situations, and the skilled use of machines:

  • The doctor performed an operation.doctor
  • Several operations were necessary to cure the patient.
  • The military operation lasted for several days.
  • The operation of this machine will require some training.

A person can be an operator, but this word is usually used for a person who answers phone calls at a large company or transmits phone calls to the proper location:

  • The operator helped Antonio place a call to Italy.
  • An operator answered when someone called 911.

operator He works as an operator.

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May 17, 2013