Definition of operational in English:



  • 1In or ready for use.

    ‘the new laboratory is fully operational’
    • ‘This class of ships was the largest in the Federation until the Oppressor class prototype became operational.’
    • ‘The National Cervical-screening Programme first became operational in 1990.’
    • ‘The second Improvement District in Sandton became operational in mid-November last year.’
    • ‘The Special Reconnaissance Regiment, which became operational in April, carried out the ceremony at a secret location on Friday.’
    • ‘However, it would not be until 2008 before portions of the port became operational.’
    • ‘The Programme was announced on 13 December 2001 and became operational on 28 January this year.’
    • ‘After three years of construction (mostly by me), our simulator became operational.’
    • ‘It was the first hotel in the area and before it became operational he provided the villagers with a crash course in tourism and English.’
    • ‘He arrived in August 1942, just two months after the covert base there became operational.’
    • ‘It became operational on October 8, 1965 and was opened to the public in May 1966.’
    • ‘The phoneline which became operational in September is attracting a mix of callers and a combination of complaints and praise.’
    • ‘A water treatment plant in Cubbon Park became operational on Friday.’
    • ‘The missiles became operational in 1993, although their development dates back to 1985.’
    • ‘After 87 years of continuous service, it continues to be as useful as the day it became operational.’
    • ‘A 125-megawatt heavy-water reactor became operational near Karachi the same year.’
    • ‘The composting facility became operational in March this year and so far, 15 tonnes of vermi compost has been sold.’
    • ‘The new facility became operational last July and incorporates crown, magistrates and county courts.’
    • ‘The new main became operational two months ahead of the original schedule.’
    • ‘When the channel became operational, it was perceived to be a ‘red’ channel, but that soon changed.’
    • ‘Two berths came on stream last year and another became operational last month.’
    up and running, running, working, functioning, operative, in operation, in use, in action, going
    in working order, workable, serviceable, functional, usable, viable, ready for action, prepared
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    1. 1.1Relating to the routine functioning and activities of a business or organization.
      ‘the coffee bar's initial operational costs’
      • ‘Perhaps the greatest advantage to the organization is an operational one.’
      • ‘But as usual, Ian, the problem really is cost and it's not just the capital cost, it's the operational cost.’
      • ‘One was a joint venture project, where another organisation shared the capital and operational costs.’
      • ‘This represents their contribution to operational costs of those activities of the ECB in which they participate.’
      • ‘With ticket prices at Rp 6,000 per visitor, the zoo needs at least 500 visitors to cover its operational costs.’
      • ‘It keeps its prices low by having low operational costs.’
      • ‘A good example is that of computer systems that support the operational activities of an organization.’
      • ‘A further $100m of operational charges are set to dampen benefits arising from a strong operating environment.’
      • ‘The campaign aims to demonstrate the wide range of operational activities undertaken by the special constabulary.’
      • ‘Apart from extensive construction related tax reliefs, double rent relief was available in respect of operational costs.’
      • ‘At the half-year point the company said that moves to improve product availability and cut costs had lifted its operational performance.’
      • ‘As there are so many orphaned children, the operational costs of these organisations need to be taken into account.’
      • ‘She also said that ICE would take between 20 percent and 25 percent from the fund for operational costs.’
      • ‘They conducted all operational and scientific activities aboard the spacecraft.’
      • ‘It is important not to disrupt those analytical and operational activities.’
      • ‘Fuel accounts for only 5 percent of the operational costs for buses, while spare parts account for a much larger percentage.’
      • ‘There are different business models, but what is for certain is that the admission fees will only pay for a tiny fraction of operational costs.’
      • ‘He took charge of all operational functions as well as information technology, human resources, customer service and finance.’
      • ‘From sympathetic donors she gets some help to cover the $100,000 a year operational costs.’
      • ‘PPD spends an average of Rp 11.9 billion per month on operational costs.’
    2. 1.2Engaged in or relating to active operations of the armed forces, police, or emergency services.
      ‘an operational fighter squadron’
      • ‘Substantial numbers of police officers preserve the peace in support of operational police colleagues.’
      • ‘We totally respect his complete authority and independence in relation to confidential operational police matters.’
      • ‘Because the better operational police officers are the ones who pay attention to what their staff need to perform the job well, which includes the way you manage them.’
      • ‘It uses advanced technology to both deal with incoming telephone calls and to pass messages on to operational police.’
      • ‘Indeed, they would be under British operational control during wartime.’
      • ‘We believe that operational personnel deployed at division command or alternate command posts should be equal.’
      • ‘Were these officers making a tactical, operational, or strategic decision?’
      • ‘I am sure the withdrawal of operational officers from Wallington police station has had an impact on recent events.’
      • ‘This is an operational police document and will not be available to the public.’
      • ‘Linn's book is a detailed operational history of military action to pacify and restore order to the islands.’
      • ‘Training the soldiers and teams in the midst of an operational deployment proved a great challenge.’
      • ‘In real warfare, an operational commander will mix and vary his modes depending on the situation.’
      • ‘For planning purposes, AC units are available for one operational deployment every three years.’
      • ‘Even plans to buy boots for operational officers and new police helmets will have to be scrapped along with structural work on police stations.’
      • ‘The police say it has saved people being arrested and kept operational police on the streets and out of custody offices.’
      • ‘There exist significant differences in the operational military consequences of each of the options.’
      • ‘In one aspect, an operational active component squadron can be viewed much like a factory.’
      • ‘Everybody knows the difference between operational police work and intelligence work.’
      • ‘We as operational police officers do not have the time to sit down and read everything that is thrown at us.’
      • ‘For example, consider cases involving fire services and police forces with an operational dimension to them.’