Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “operation”

operation

noun
 
 
/ˌɒpərˈeɪʃən/
[U] the fact of operating or being active: come into/begin operation We expect the new procedure to come into operation early next year.be out of/cease operation The company was facing a court order to cease operation. The construction work will not affect the day-to-day operation of the company.in operation There are several reactors of this type in operation at the moment. We hope to be in commercial operation within three months. The firm is in its third year of operation.
[C] a business organization: Less profitable business operations will have difficulty finding financial support. a banking/retail/manufacturing operation We can capture carbon emissions at power plants, oil refineries, and cement-making operations. The group's profits fell, despite a good performance from its overseas operations.
operations [U] MANAGEMENT the activities involved in a company producing goods or delivering services: Mary handles operations and travel planning.head/director of operations He is director of operations for a recruitment agency. The operations department is responsible for ensuring a company operates as efficiently and economically as possible.
[C] an activity which is planned to achieve something: an operation to do sth The police have launched an operation to prevent the sale of pirated software. A rescue operation to save the country's largest bank is underway. a cost-cutting operation. a military/peacekeeping operation
[U] the way that parts of a machine work together, or the process of making parts of a machine or system work together: Teamwork is essential to ensure the smooth operation of the department. Open the machine and check the operation of the locking mechanism.
→ See also holding operation, materials, repair, operation
(Definition of operation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of operation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “operation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More