Synonyms of operative in English:

operative


See definition of operative

adjective

1‘although the act has been passed by parliament, it is not operative at the moment’

SYNONYMS

in force, in operation, effective, in effect, valid

ANTONYMS

invalid

2‘the steam railway is still operative’

SYNONYMS

functioning, working, running, up and running, in operation, in use, in action, going

operational, workable, serviceable, functional, usable, in working condition, in working order, viable

ANTONYMS

out of order

3‘‘might’ is the operative word’

SYNONYMS

key, significant, relevant, applicable, pertinent, apposite, germane, apropos, crucial, critical, main, chief, major, central, pivotal, fundamental, vital, important, essential

ANTONYMS

irrelevant


noun

1‘the operatives clean the machines at the end of every shift’

SYNONYMS

machinist, operator, machine operator, mechanic, engineer, driver, worker, workman, hand, factory hand, artisan, craftsman, craftswoman, blue-collar worker

British machine minder

2‘a special operative of the CIA’

SYNONYMS

agent, secret agent, undercover agent, spy, mole, plant, double agent, counterspy

informal spook

archaic intelligencer

archaic, informal beagle

3‘employ a private operative’

SYNONYMS

detective, private detective, investigator, private investigator, sleuth, shadow

British enquiry agent

informal private eye, tail

informal, dated gumshoe, bogey, dick