Translation of "operative" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /ˈɒp.ər.ə.tɪv/ us /ˈɑː.pɚ.ə.t̬ɪv/

formal a worker, especially one who is skilled in working with their hands

operario, -a
a factory operative

mainly US a person who works secretly for an organization

a CIA operative
adjective uk /ˈɒp.ər.ə.tɪv/ us /ˈɑː.pɚ.ə.t̬ɪv/ formal

working or being used

en vigor, en vigencia
The agreement will not become operative until all members have signed.
→ Opposite inoperative

specialized medical relating to a medical operation

an operative technique

(Translation of “operative” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)