Meaning of OPERATOR in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ɒpəreɪtə(r) ]

( operators)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


An operator is a person who connects telephone calls at a telephone exchange or in a place such as an office or hotel.

He dialled the operator and put in a call for Rome.



An operator is a person who is employed to operate or control a machine.

...computer operators.

N-COUNT : usu n N


An operator is a person or a company that runs a business. ( BUSINESS )

...‘Tele-Communications’, the nation’s largest cable TV operator.

N-COUNT : usu with supp


If you call someone a good operator , you mean that they are skilful at achieving what they want, often in a slightly dishonest way. ( INFORMAL )

...one of the shrewdest political operators in the Arab World.

N-COUNT : usu adj N


see also tour operator

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