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"operational" in British English

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operationaladjective

uk   /ˌɒp.ərˈeɪ.ʃən.əl/ us   /ˌɑː.pəˈreɪ.ʃən.əl/
operationally
adverb uk   /ˌɒp.ərˈeɪ.ʃən.əl.i/ us   /ˌɑː.pəˈreɪ.ʃən.əl.i/
(Definition of operational from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"operational" in American English

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operationaladjective [not gradable]

us   /ˌɑp·əˈreɪ·ʃə·nəl/
(of machinery, devices, or processes) ready to work correctly: Repairs have already begun and we expect the plant to soon be fully operational (= working correctly and completely).
(Definition of operational from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"operational" in Business English

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operationaladjective

uk   /ˌɒpərˈeɪʃənəl/ us  
[before noun] relating to the activities involved in doing or producing something: operational activities/decisions/control The majority of shareholders are interested in investment, not in operational control of the firm. operational aspects/difficulties/constraints operational effectiveness/efficiencies There are operational advantages in putting sales and admin in the same building.
if a system is operational, it is working: Repairs have already begun and we expect the factory to be fully operational again within six months.
(Definition of operational from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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