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operar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (personas, animales)  (surgery)operate on vi + prep
 El médico operó al paciente para extirparle el tumor.
 The doctor operated on the patient to remove the tumor.
operar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (grupos, organizaciones)operate viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Las tropas operaban en la zona en misión de paz.
 The troops were operating in the area on a mission of peace.
operarse vpnl (hacerse cirugía)  (surgery)be operated on viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  have an operation viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Llámame cuando te operes y te iré a visitar al hospital.
 Call me when you are going to be operated on, and I'll come to visit you at the hospital.
 
Additional Translations
operarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (dar, suceder)occur viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  took place vtr + n
  come about vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
 Con el disgusto se operó un profundo cambio en Juan y nunca más volvió a salir con los amigos.
 After the quarrel a profound change occurred in Juan and never again did he go out with his friends.
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