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To make a machine or piece of equipment work

activate

verb

to make a piece of equipment or a process start working

actuate

verb

to make a machine or piece of equipment start working

coax

verb

to make something such as a machine or piece of equipment do what you want it to do by being skilful, gentle, and patient

control

verb

to make a machine, system, vehicle etc move or operate in the way that you want it to

crank

verb

to start an engine or machine by turning a crank

eject

verb

to make something come out from a machine, for example a dvd from a DVD player or a CD from a computer

energise

a British spelling of energize

energize

verb

to make electricity or another form of power flow into a machine

engage

verb

if a part of a machine engages, or if you engage it, it fits into another part so that they work together

flash

verb

to switch a bright light on, or on and off, especially as a signal

flick

verb

to move a switch in order to turn something such as a light or machine on or off

flip on

to switch on a light, machine etc

focus

verb

to turn a part on a camera, telescope, microscope etc until you can see something clearly

grease

verb

to put grease on something to make it work smoothly

have on

if you have the radio, television, heating etc on, you have switched it on and it is working

hit

verb

to press something such as a switch on a machine, vehicle, or computer in order to make it do something

lubricate

verb

to put oil on the parts of a machine that move to make them move more smoothly

man

verb

to provide a place, machine, or system with the people needed to operate it. Some people avoid using this word because they think it is offensive to women, and they use staff or crew instead

operate

verb

to use and control a piece of equipment

play

verb

to make something such as a radio, CD etc start to produce sounds, or to be made to do this

power

verb

to give a machine or vehicle power

press

verb

to push something such as a button or switch in order to make a piece of equipment start working

pull

verb

to move a handle that controls a machine so that the machine works

put on

to make a machine or piece of equipment start working, especially by pressing a switch

put on

to put a video, CD etc in a piece of equipment so that you can watch it or listen to it

reset

verb

to press a special button or to make changes so that a machine will work again or work in a different way

run

verb

if a machine or engine runs, or if you run it, it is working

start

verb

to switch on a machine or engine, especially a motor vehicle

start up

to switch on a machine or engine, especially a motor vehicle

switch on

if you switch on something such as a light or a machine, or if it switches on, you make it start working

test

verb

to try using something such as a machine or a product to find out whether it works correctly or is satisfactory

throw

verb

if you throw a switch, handle etc, you move it up or down, for example in order to start or stop a machine

trigger

verb

to make a machine or piece of equipment start to work

trip

verb

to make a switch go on or off, especially by accident

turn down

to reduce the amount of sound, heat, or light produced by a piece of equipment by pressing a button or moving a switch

turn on

to make a piece of equipment start working by pressing a button or moving a switch

turn on

to start using a supply of water, gas, or electricity by turning a tap, pressing a button, or moving a switch

turn up

to increase the amount of sound, heat, or light produced by a piece of equipment by pressing a button or moving a switch

twiddle

verb

to turn a switch on a piece of equipment or a machine

use

verb

to do something using a machine, tool, skill, method etc in order to do a job or to achieve a result

warm up

if you warm up a machine or an engine, you switch it on and wait for a little while until it is ready to be used

work

verb

to operate something such as a machine or piece of equipment

activation

noun

ejection

noun

lubrication

noun

motorize

verb

flip a switch

to switch a light, machine etc on or off

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