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operate against someone or something

to work against someone or something; to have a negative effect on someone or something. All of this operates against our idea affixing the garage up as a family room. The new vacation policy operates against my plan to take all of July off.
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operate from something

to work out of something or some place. I'm in business for myself. I operate from my home. We operate from a garage in the back of City Hall.
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operate on someone

to perform a surgical operation on someone. They decided not to operate on her. She wasn't operated on after all.
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operate on something

1. to work on something; to work with the insides of something. (As a surgeon might operate.) He tried to operate on his watch and ruined it. Todd operated on the door lock and fixed it.
2. to function or conduct business on a certain principle or assumption. The company has always operated on the theory that the customer is always right. Sam operates on the assumption that everyone is out to get him.
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After the proposed merger, BB&T would operate the fifth largest depository institution in the market, controlling deposits of $63.
After the proposed merger, BB&T would operate the sixth largest depository institution in the market, controlling deposits of $1.
The baghouse's tube sheet pressure differential operates in the range of 3-5 water column in.
The venturi spray water typically operates at 90F (32C) with a suspended solids content of less than 50 ppm.
assembly plants will operate two nine-hour shifts the week of Feb.
and Toledo (Ohio) assembly plants will operate two eight-hour shifts the week of Feb.
It plans to operate 20 domestic sectors a day with its two leased 737-400s.
The Memphis and Milwaukee flights will be operated by Air Wisconsin and Shuttle America will operate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton service.
Five Star also recently agreed to lease and operate two rehabilitation hospitals when required regulatory approvals are obtained.
Nonetheless, Five Star believes that it will be able to operate these hospitals profitably and that these profits may be material.
SSFHS is a regional healthcare system that operates 12 hospitals along the I-65 corridor between Chicago and Indianapolis.
FAU operates seven campuses and is one of 11 institutions of public higher education in the State University System of Florida (currently rated 'AA' by Fitch).
Nebraska Methodist Health System operates a 321-bed hospital in Omaha, Nebraska (NMH) and a 137-bed hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa (JEMH).
Located in Beaver and Sewickley, PA (about 40 and 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, respectively) Heritage Valley Health System operates 524 staffed beds (549 licensed) at two hospitals.
Currently, LAN operates 56 passenger aircraft and seven dedicated freighters.