operation Meaning in Cambridge Business English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "operation" - Business English Dictionary

See all translations

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
like

to enjoy or approve of something or someone

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More