Definition of operator in English:

operator

noun

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

    ‘a radio operator’
    • ‘Another poignant shot captures the delight of machine operator Fritz Hummel after hearing by radio of the birth of his first son.’
    • ‘The program he took is dual-purpose: to train construction equipment operators and technicians.’
    • ‘Initially a driver and radio operator, he became a paratrooper and later served in Palestine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In such cases, the disease can be very dangerous for machine operators and drivers.’
    • ‘The police immediately obtained the relevant closed circuit television films of the users from the machine operators.’
    • ‘The 20-year old recounts the all-too familiar story of a friend of his who moved west to become a heavy equipment operator.’
    • ‘Pilot and copilot, flight engineer and radio operator sit in the forward upper portion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are cooks, office staff, engineers, equipment operators, mechanics, welders, bosses, planners and many more jobs available at a mine.’
    • ‘So Griffin works as a machine operator at civil engineering company Westmode in Swindon.’
    • ‘Trenches are especially hazardous for workers because the lines of sight with equipment operators are obscured.’
    • ‘Machinery operators need to be vigilant and take their time when operating machinery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other than equipment operators, most unions actually face competition.’
    • ‘Bernie, 38, works as a machine operator, printer, for Corenso UK and Andrew, 41, is a maintenance engineer for Tescos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    machinist, mechanic, operative, engineer, driver, worker
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    1. 1.1usually the operator A person who works for a telephone company assisting users, or who works at a telephone switchboard.
      • ‘Allegedly due to the arrogance and impatience of the male operators, telephone exchanges initially got lousy ratings for customer service.’
      • ‘There used to be a lot of more telephone switchboard operators around also, but technology made that job obsolete.’
      • ‘The theatre's switchboard operator re-routed his call.’
      • ‘The protective services department and the telephone switchboard operators also were notified.’
      • ‘The journey from the old days of the switchboard operator has certainly been a remarkable one.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He began to write while earning his living as a translator, caretaker, switchboard operator, editor, and cook on an oil tanker.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This year marks the end of an era in York as telephone exchange operators prepare to answer their last calls.’
      • ‘What became of the traditional switchboard operator?’
      • ‘Colonel Dumoulin compares them to highly trained switchboard operators.’
      • ‘There are others who get their jollies by insulting switchboard operators, receptionists and secretaries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She began to study singing relatively late, at the age of 25, having been a telephone switchboard operator.’
      • ‘They served as clerks and couriers, telephone and telegraph operators, code and cipher analysts, and spies behind enemy lines in Europe.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2[usually with modifier] A person or company that engages in or runs a business or enterprise.

    ‘a tour operator’
    • ‘As an alternative, the report proposes that Dublin Bus could outsource 369 contracts to private sector operators by 2006.’
    • ‘Obviously such a situation would have translated into losses to the fishing industry as well as to other business operators.’
    • ‘Since then the relationship between the private air service operators and the multi-national have improved, contributing to the latter's success.’
    • ‘During 1995-7 all passenger services were franchised to private sector operators, while all other companies were sold outright to the private sector.’
    • ‘The premier approved a controversial plan by transport secretary Stephen Byers to take Railtrack, the privatised national rail operator, into administration.’
    • ‘The establishment of SBCGT has been therefore a response to the demand for credit and finance facilities by small business operators.’
    • ‘It plans to bring together haulage operators, farmers, businessmen and residents in an effort to reach a compromise.’
    • ‘A new class of businesses - tech kiosk operators - is emerging to provide computing as a service.’
    • ‘At most ports, which act as landlords to private sector operators, the cost will trickle down to private companies.’
    • ‘Some taxi operators and small businesses were reported to be giving back change in both euros and escudos, against government recommendations.’
    • ‘Only a few partnership operators from that era remain in business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Car dealerships, discount food operators and retail showrooms have all targeted properties with good access and visibility from major roads.’
    • ‘In practice, it means that staff of airlines, ferry operators and railway companies must pay the cost to the employer of providing the benefit.’
    • ‘Like other cable players, it's losing market share to satellite operators, who are adding 2 million subscribers a year at cable's expense.’
    • ‘Under such a concession, the private sector operator takes over responsibility to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the asset, such as a motorway.’
    • ‘Officials in the Department of Public Enterprise believe the first private bus operators will be providing services in Dublin by this time next year.’
    • ‘Identifying and prosecuting the culprits has proven difficult because most real estate operators run independent, local businesses.’
    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’
    • ‘A business graduate, he began to earn a name for himself as a shrewd and energetic operator at NCB stockbrokers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fleming was regarded in railroad and banking circles as a shrewd operator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do not be taken in by clever and smooth operators or you could get involved in illegal deals.’
    • ‘He's a shrewd operator and will assemble the best squad possible.’
    • ‘Being a shrewd political operator, the deputy will be anxious not to be seen to be involved publicly in the co-option.’
    • ‘The goal of model management is to provide a set of high-level operators for manipulating models of data, rather than the data itself.’
    • ‘So he's a shrewd political operator, and he's been around, as you say, since the days of the revolution.’
    • ‘Just as importantly, he is a successful politician (two terms as president), a clever operator and a reasonable administrator.’
    • ‘However, one gets the feeling that the Prime Minister relishes the challenge of meeting shrewd operators like Richard and Judy.’
    • ‘Though professionally chummy she is personally steely, a shrewd operator with no qualms about tough questions and drawing blood.’
    • ‘Don't bet against it as this Donegal team have the basis upon which a shrewd operator like Brian can build.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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., ×, +)

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

operator

/ˈäpəˌrādər/