direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
course, hunt, fly the coop, work, scat, run away, move, turn tail, operate on, range, lean, run, guide, function, lead, lam, maneuver, flow, melt down, track down, break away, head for the hills, extend, hunt down, endure, bunk, take to the woods, execute, consort, manoeuvre, feed, control, carry, scarper, go, unravel, manoeuver, play, die hard, race, pass, run for, black market, mesh, lock, persist, incline, draw, hightail it, bleed, be given, prevail, campaign, tend, escape, ladder, ply, engage, melt
function, work, operate, go, run(verb)
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"
lick, function, perish, break away, give way, hold out, hunt, run, endure, lead, give out, unravel, carry, fit, travel, take to the woods, last, die, track down, mold, go away, act, snuff it, go, bunk, run away, solve, act upon, turn tail, head for the hills, run low, do work, plump, fly the coop, prevail, process, execute, mould, wreak, incline, drop dead, put to work, course, tend, work, scarper, blend in, run short, croak, get going, control, ferment, range, serve, work out, pass away, consort, live, cash in one's chips, kick the bucket, blend, flow, hunt down, knead, scat, bring, break, figure out, escape, form, rifle, locomote, lock, exploit, run for, lean, belong, make, give-up the ghost, go bad, survive, cultivate, manoeuvre, melt down, get, be given, turn, expire, ladder, draw, become, bleed, manoeuver, persist, live on, campaign, forge, move, influence, engage, pop off, sound, fail, conk out, extend, start, depart, operate on, decease, puzzle out, play, hold up, proceed, break down, lam, melt, crop, exit, conk, work on, exercise, buy the farm, ply, hightail it, sour, feed, choke, race, guide, die hard, pass, shape, make for, mesh, officiate, black market, maneuver
handle and cause to function
"do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
go, manoeuvre, see, hold in, ascertain, moderate, maneuver, control, mesh, hold, function, manipulate, work, manoeuver, engage, keep in line, run, assure, master, check, lock, operate on, see to it, command, insure, ensure, curb, verify, contain
manoeuver, maneuver, manoeuvre, operate(verb)
perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
"What is going on in the minds of the people?"
engage, mesh, lock, operate(verb)
"engaged the gears"
engross, affiance, enlist, plight, operate on, run, function, lock, hire, interlace, maneuver, take, employ, lock up, shut up, ensnarl, enmesh, pursue, control, manoeuver, go, prosecute, manoeuvre, lease, shut away, charter, betroth, mesh, wage, rent, work, lock in, lock away, absorb, occupy, interlock, put away, engage
operate on, operate(verb)
perform surgery on
"The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
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The city's accusations do not reflect how we operate and we are prepared to present strong arguments in support of our long history of fair and responsible lending in Miami and across the country.
While Two Russian aircraft were operating in international airspace, they jeopardized the safety of flight of the aircraft involved. We expect them to operate within international standards set to ensure safety and prevent accidents.
I believe those who operate the boats have expertise about this, but the weather was unusually bad for these parts.
We continue to operate the programs using carryover user fees, and we'll prioritize work that impacts public safety, as this is our foremost priority.
Nearly everyone knows someone who has gone to work abroad, it was easy to find the trafficking victims and the traffickers, who operate freely and with impunity.
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- operieren, betreibenGerman
- influir, controlar, operar, trabajar, especular, manipular, obrarSpanish
- operoida, leikata, suorittaa, vaikuttaa, aiheuttaa, toimia, käyttää, tehota, tehdäFinnish
- üzemel, működikHungarian
- attivare, operareItalian
- 操作, 運営するJapanese
- tapahi, pokaMāori
- opereren, aandrijvenDutch
- работать, оказывать влияние, спекулировать, влиять, эксплуатировать, вызывать, оперировать, управлять, действоватьRussian
- vận hànhVietnamese
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