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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [op-uh-reyt]
    • /ˈɒp əˌreɪt/
    • /ˈɒp.ər.eɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [op-uh-reyt]
    • /ˈɒp əˌreɪt/

Definitions of operated word

  • verb without object operated to work, perform, or function, as a machine does: This engine does not operate properly. 1
  • verb without object operated to work or use a machine, apparatus, or the like. 1
  • verb without object operated to act effectively; produce an effect; exert force or influence (often followed by on or upon): Their propaganda is beginning to operate on the minds of the people. 1
  • verb without object operated to perform some process of work or treatment. 1
  • verb without object operated Surgery. to perform a surgical procedure. 1
  • verb without object operated (of a drug) to produce the effect intended. 1

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Origin of operated

First appearance:

before 1600
One of the 39% oldest English words
1600-10; < Late Latin operātus, past participle of operārī, -āre to work, be efficacious, effect, produce, Latin: to busy oneself, verbal derivative of opera effort, work, akin to opus work; see -ate1

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Parts of speech for Operated


operated popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

operated usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for operated

verb operated

  • functioned — Simple past tense and past participle of function.
  • worked — of, for, or concerning work: work clothes.
  • ran — simple past tense of run.
  • activated — to make active; cause to function or act.
  • went — Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of wend.

Antonyms for operated

verb operated

  • abstained — to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from): to abstain from eating meat.
  • ceased — to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
  • consumed — If you are consumed with a feeling or idea, it affects you very strongly indeed.
  • destroyed — to reduce (an object) to useless fragments, a useless form, or remains, as by rending, burning, or dissolving; injure beyond repair or renewal; demolish; ruin; annihilate.
  • discontinued — to put an end to; stop; terminate: to discontinue nuclear testing.

Top questions with operated

  • on gasoline powered boats when should the blower be operated?
  • what is voice operated recording?
  • which of these are examples of government operated businesses?

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