Meaning of OPERATOR in English

OPERATOR

(~s)

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

1.

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

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

N-COUNT

2.

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

...computer ~s.

N-COUNT: usu n N

3.

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

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

N-COUNT: usu with supp

4.

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

...one of the shrewdest political ~s in the Arab World.

N-COUNT: usu adj N

5.

see also tour ~

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