Definition of operator in English:

operator

noun

  • 1[often with modifier] A person who operates equipment or a machine.

    ‘a radio operator’
    • ‘In such cases, the disease can be very dangerous for machine operators and drivers.’
    • ‘Trenches are especially hazardous for workers because the lines of sight with equipment operators are obscured.’
    • ‘So Griffin works as a machine operator at civil engineering company Westmode in Swindon.’
    • ‘Machinery operators need to be vigilant and take their time when operating machinery.’
    • ‘He went on to get his GED and is now a heavy equipment operator.’
    • ‘He was a radio telephone operator, grenadier and machine gun operator.’
    • ‘Another poignant shot captures the delight of machine operator Fritz Hummel after hearing by radio of the birth of his first son.’
    • ‘Pilot and copilot, flight engineer and radio operator sit in the forward upper portion.’
    • ‘Bernie, 38, works as a machine operator, printer, for Corenso UK and Andrew, 41, is a maintenance engineer for Tescos.’
    • ‘She explains they are grateful her husband is working but they hope he will eventually be able to return to his career as a heavy equipment operator.’
    • ‘In this case there were many executives called as witnesses but persons such as equipment operators and mechanics with direct knowledge of the facts were not called.’
    • ‘The program he took is dual-purpose: to train construction equipment operators and technicians.’
    • ‘There are cooks, office staff, engineers, equipment operators, mechanics, welders, bosses, planners and many more jobs available at a mine.’
    • ‘The police immediately obtained the relevant closed circuit television films of the users from the machine operators.’
    • ‘The Inuit working there were mainly already trained heavy equipment operators and labourers, so I can't say that the mine left a legacy of trained workers.’
    • ‘Initially a driver and radio operator, he became a paratrooper and later served in Palestine.’
    • ‘This includes a radio operator, light and heavy machine gun operators, and at least a lieutenant or two who bark out orders for the platoon to follow.’
    • ‘Takoonagak, a heavy equipment operator who was one of two workers picked randomly from several eligible candidates, said he managed to win by following a few simple rules.’
    • ‘Other than equipment operators, most unions actually face competition.’
    • ‘The 20-year old recounts the all-too familiar story of a friend of his who moved west to become a heavy equipment operator.’
    machinist, mechanic, operative, engineer, driver, worker
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    1. 1.1A person who works for a telephone company assisting users, or who works at a telephone switchboard.
      • ‘She runs seminars for IT and communications companies, working with staff who use the telephone a lot, such as switchboard operators, customer services teams and senior managers.’
      • ‘There are others who get their jollies by insulting switchboard operators, receptionists and secretaries.’
      • ‘He began to write while earning his living as a translator, caretaker, switchboard operator, editor, and cook on an oil tanker.’
      • ‘Shortly after, when her telephone call for help is ignored by a gossiping switchboard operator, she meets her own end, on the blade of a bayonet.’
      • ‘Allegedly due to the arrogance and impatience of the male operators, telephone exchanges initially got lousy ratings for customer service.’
      • ‘Come on, there used to be ticket takers at the ferries, actual bank tellers for withdrawing money and a switchboard operator to assist you with making telephone calls.’
      • ‘They served as clerks and couriers, telephone and telegraph operators, code and cipher analysts, and spies behind enemy lines in Europe.’
      • ‘The protective services department and the telephone switchboard operators also were notified.’
      • ‘What became of the traditional switchboard operator?’
      • ‘Lonesome tells the story of a punch-press operator named Jim and a telephone switchboard operator named Mary who are desperately lonely, and then meet by chance during a holiday at Coney Island.’
      • ‘This year marks the end of an era in York as telephone exchange operators prepare to answer their last calls.’
      • ‘The theatre's switchboard operator re-routed his call.’
      • ‘The journey from the old days of the switchboard operator has certainly been a remarkable one.’
      • ‘She began to study singing relatively late, at the age of 25, having been a telephone switchboard operator.’
      • ‘When she met the Respondent in 1982, she was working as a switchboard operator, a job she began sometime in 1979-1980.’
      • ‘He is also accused of telling a police switchboard operator, who'd recently been diagnosed with cancer, that he hoped she caught the disease.’
      • ‘There used to be a lot of more telephone switchboard operators around also, but technology made that job obsolete.’
      • ‘Colonel Dumoulin compares them to highly trained switchboard operators.’
      • ‘Suki started work at 16 as a post girl before becoming a switchboard operator and moving into the mobile phone market, and then moved on to broking deals which led to her doing her own thing and founding CCL.’
      • ‘I tried to phone you about 10 minutes ago to be told by your switchboard operator that there is no-one there by that name.’
  • 2[usually with modifier] A person or company that engages in or runs a business or enterprise.

    ‘a tour operator’
    • ‘Since then the relationship between the private air service operators and the multi-national have improved, contributing to the latter's success.’
    • ‘Some taxi operators and small businesses were reported to be giving back change in both euros and escudos, against government recommendations.’
    • ‘Officials in the Department of Public Enterprise believe the first private bus operators will be providing services in Dublin by this time next year.’
    • ‘It plans to bring together haulage operators, farmers, businessmen and residents in an effort to reach a compromise.’
    • ‘The operative mode of the marketing system allows farmers to deposit their produce with a warehouse operator certified by the agency and is issued with the EWR.’
    • ‘He says there is a social aspect to the credit union movement, which consumers tired of greedy financial service industry operators find refreshing.’
    • ‘The premier approved a controversial plan by transport secretary Stephen Byers to take Railtrack, the privatised national rail operator, into administration.’
    • ‘As an alternative, the report proposes that Dublin Bus could outsource 369 contracts to private sector operators by 2006.’
    • ‘The establishment of SBCGT has been therefore a response to the demand for credit and finance facilities by small business operators.’
    • ‘At most ports, which act as landlords to private sector operators, the cost will trickle down to private companies.’
    • ‘Like other cable players, it's losing market share to satellite operators, who are adding 2 million subscribers a year at cable's expense.’
    • ‘During 1995-7 all passenger services were franchised to private sector operators, while all other companies were sold outright to the private sector.’
    • ‘Under such a concession, the private sector operator takes over responsibility to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the asset, such as a motorway.’
    • ‘Obviously such a situation would have translated into losses to the fishing industry as well as to other business operators.’
    • ‘Only a few partnership operators from that era remain in business.’
    • ‘Car dealerships, discount food operators and retail showrooms have all targeted properties with good access and visibility from major roads.’
    • ‘A new class of businesses - tech kiosk operators - is emerging to provide computing as a service.’
    • ‘In practice, it means that staff of airlines, ferry operators and railway companies must pay the cost to the employer of providing the benefit.’
    • ‘Identifying and prosecuting the culprits has proven difficult because most real estate operators run independent, local businesses.’
    • ‘Lastminute chairman Allan Leighton said the company, in common with other travel operators, had been affected by a growing tendency for consumers to book their holidays later than usual.’
    contractor, entrepreneur, promoter, impresario, arranger, fixer, trader, dealer, director, manager, partner, businessman, businesswoman, financier, venture capitalist, speculator
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  • 3informal [with adjective] A person who acts in a specified, especially a manipulative, way.

    ‘her reputation as a cool, clever operator’
    • ‘Allan has proven himself to be a shrewd operator on a tight budget as his firm has attempted to weather the huge downturn in sentiment towards the telecom sector.’
    • ‘In fact, she's a shrewd operator who has always preferred to get out there and earn a living, even if the roles haven't exactly been Oscar contenders.’
    • ‘News that his wife was pregnant once again came just days before the recent budget, and proves once again what a shrewd political operator he just is.’
    • ‘A business graduate, he began to earn a name for himself as a shrewd and energetic operator at NCB stockbrokers.’
    • ‘One of Rove's heroes was Mark Hanna, a shrewd political operator from Ohio who helped put William McKinley in the White House in 1896.’
    • ‘However, one gets the feeling that the Prime Minister relishes the challenge of meeting shrewd operators like Richard and Judy.’
    • ‘The goal of model management is to provide a set of high-level operators for manipulating models of data, rather than the data itself.’
    • ‘Seemingly on his way out when he was shifted from the Foreign Office at the last reshuffle, this shrewd operator may have identified a swift route back to the heart of the government.’
    • ‘He's a shrewd operator and will assemble the best squad possible.’
    • ‘Though professionally chummy she is personally steely, a shrewd operator with no qualms about tough questions and drawing blood.’
    • ‘So he's a shrewd political operator, and he's been around, as you say, since the days of the revolution.’
    • ‘Do not be taken in by clever and smooth operators or you could get involved in illegal deals.’
    • ‘Now, in such a situation a really clever operator will only drop in a few of the ‘convincers’ that he has already developed and stored away.’
    • ‘Being a shrewd political operator, the deputy will be anxious not to be seen to be involved publicly in the co-option.’
    • ‘And this, the tenth top-flight encounter between the two local sides, is set to be an interesting tactical battle with both men shrewd operators.’
    • ‘He may be a hippie at heart but he's also a shrewd operator with an MBA and management know-how gleaned from stints at Andersen Consulting and from running his own consultancy.’
    • ‘Don't bet against it as this Donegal team have the basis upon which a shrewd operator like Brian can build.’
    • ‘Fleming was regarded in railroad and banking circles as a shrewd operator.’
    • ‘While he could be a shrewd and tough political operator when it was needed, he will mainly be remembered as a decent trustworthy person with an deep core of human kindness.’
    • ‘Just as importantly, he is a successful politician (two terms as president), a clever operator and a reasonable administrator.’
    manipulator, manoeuvrer, mover, worker, string-puller, mover and shaker, wheeler-dealer
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  • 4Mathematics
    A symbol or function denoting an operation (e.g., ×, +)

    • ‘His recent breakthroughs in the theory of characteristic functions for several commuting operators indicate that in spite of his seventy years, mathematically Moshe is still a young man.’
    • ‘An idea of Koopman on the possibilities of treating problems of classical mechanics by means of operators on a function space stimulated him to give the first mathematically rigorous proof of an ergodic theorem.’
    • ‘This work initiates the algebraic theory of operators.’
    • ‘Smoothing operators and functions have been used for interpolation and, more generally, data fitting.’
    • ‘Why does he require the associative law to hold if his symbols are operators?’

Pronunciation:

operator

/ˈäpəˌrādər/