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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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There's a wide disparity among airlines in how fleets are owned and operated," he explained.
Each of First Virginia's subsidiary depository institutions located in a state with a minimum age requirement has been in existence and operated continuously for at least the period of time required by applicable state law.
The fan always is operated at its full load amperage (and static pressure).
Despite recent gains, BRCH has historically operated unprofitably.
AF flights between Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse and Madrid, between Bordeaux, Lyon and Barcelona and between Paris CDG2 and Vigo now are operated under the AF and UX codes.
The court was perplexed and unable to resolve the question of what would constitute a "retail department store" to be operated continuously.
The flights will be operated with three-class Boeing 777- 200 aircraft that in total will provide 834 seats per week per direction.
ALTHOUGH ITS EXPECTATION IS OTHERWISE, FIVE STAR MAY BE UNABLE TO OPERATE THE COMMUNITIES WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO THE 10 AGREEMENTS FOR ITS OWN ACCOUNT IN A MANNER WHICH IS AS PROFITABLE AS, OR MORE PROFITABLE THAN, THEY HAVE BEEN OPERATED BY SUNRISE.
The hospitals are currently owned by SNH but operated by HealthSouth Corporation.
The obligated group consists of: Scheurer, a small acute care facility with 25 operated beds and 19 long-term care beds; Scheurer Community Services (SCS), a 51-unit independent living community and 36-unit assisted living unit complex; and Scheurer Healthcare Network (SHN), the parent corporation.
In 2005, Heritage Valley Physician Organizations operated near break-even profitability, which represents gradual improvement from a $1.
Ty Cobb Healthcare System consists of three hospitals (210 operated beds) and three long-term care facilities (350 operated beds).