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operate

As it relates to an aircraft, it means to fly or use the aircraft, or to cause or permit the aircraft to fly, be used, or be in any place, whether or not the person is present with the aircraft. Operator has a corresponding meaning.
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The interrogatories, preceded by a minute search operated upon the persons arrested, were almost always framed thus: "Has Madame Bonacieux sent anything to you for her husband, or any other person?
His fear of her has always operated, I know, when they were together; and a good deal is to be imputed to his wish of forwarding the match with Miss de Bourgh, which I am certain he has very much at heart.
Mont de Piete = traditional term for a municipal pawn shop operated to help the poor}
The truth appears to have been that Mother Rigby's word of introduction, whatever it might be, had operated far more on the rich merchant's fears than on his good will.
Upon recovering, my first impulse, of course, was to inform my friend of what I had seen and heard -- and I can scarcely explain what feeling of repugnance it was which, in the end, operated to prevent me.
His sanguine temper, and fearlessness of mind, operated very differently on her.
They are operated by means of enormous magnets which are suspended at the top of the shaft.
But we still operated, as the spirit tempted us, from our latest and most idyllic base, on the borders of Ham Common.
Nevertheless, the charm operated little by little; your dancing whirled through my brain; I felt the mysterious spell working within me.