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English definition of “operator”

operator

noun [C]     /ˈɒpəreɪtər/
someone whose job is to use and control a machine, vehicle, or piece of equipment: a camera/crane/forklift operator The system lets you talk directly to a call centre operator.
a company that runs a particular type of business: a cable/mobile-phone/hotel operator The company is the owner and operator of several radio stations.
COMMUNICATIONS a person who connects people on a phone system: a switchboard operator He worked as a 911 operator with the Cincinnati Police Department.
a smooth/slick/clever operator informal a person who deals with people or problems in a clever way, especially for their own advantage: He has shown himself to be a clever operator in wage negotiations.
→ See also owner-operator, tour operator
(Definition of operator noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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