Opus vs Operate - What's the difference?

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Opus is a related term of operate.


As a noun opus

is a work of music or set of works with a specified rank in an ordering of a composer's complete published works.

As a verb operate is

(transitive|or|intransitive) to perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

opus

English

Noun

(en-noun)
  • A work of music or set of works with a specified rank in an ordering of a composer's complete published works.
  • Beethoven's ''opus'' eighteen quartets are considered by many to be the beginning of the Romantic era.
  • A work, especially of art.
  • The painter's last opus was a dedication to all things living, in a surprising contrast to all of his prior work.

    Usage notes

    The most common plural of opus'' in English is ''opuses''. Some people use the Latin plural, ''opera''. ''Opi'' is fairly common in the field of classical music, though mostly in informal contexts. The use of any of these three pluralizations may result in the speaker being corrected, though ''opi'' above all should be avoided in formal contexts. Outside of music, the word ''opus'' sees particularly frequent use in the expression ''magnum opus .

    operate

    English

    Verb

    (operat)
  • (transitive, or, intransitive) To perform a work or labour; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
  • (transitive, or, intransitive) To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially (medicine) to take appropriate effect on the human system.
  • (transitive, or, intransitive) To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.
  • * Atterbury
  • The virtues of private persons operate but on a few.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • A plain, convincing reason operates on the mind both of a learned and ignorant hearer as long as they live.
  • To perform some manual act upon a human body in a methodical manner, and usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, as in amputation, lithotomy, etc.
  • (transitive, or, intransitive) To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
  • (transitive, or, intransitive) To produce, as an effect; to cause.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01, author=Robert L. Dorit, volume=100, issue=1, page=23
  • , magazine= , title= Rereading Darwin , passage=We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.}}
  • (transitive, or, intransitive) To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work.
  • to operate a machine
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Obama's once hip brand is now tainted , passage=Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.}}

    References

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