Sales in 2012 were $443 billion, and operating income was $15.766 billion, a margin of about 3.5 percent.
ISIS forces are operating in smaller groups and inside the civilian population to avoid being spotted from the sky.
We put price tags on things in the operating room: before you open that $250 set of new sutures, make sure you actually need it.
c.1600, "to be in effect," back-formation from operation, or else from Latin operatus, past participle of operari "to work, labor, toil, take pains" (in Late Latin "to have effect, be active, cause"). Surgical sense is first attested 1799. Meaning "to work machinery" is from 1864 in American English. Related: Operated; operating. Operating system in the computer sense is from 1961.
operate op·er·ate (ŏp'ə-rāt')
v. op·er·at·ed, op·er·at·ing, op·er·ates
To perform surgery.