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Meaning of “operational” in the English Dictionary

"operational" in British English

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operationaladjective

uk   /ˌɒp.ərˈeɪ.ʃən.əl/  us   /ˌɑː.pəˈreɪ-/
relating to a ​particularactivity: 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 with six ​months.
operationally
adverb uk   us   /-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 ​workcorrectly: Repairs have already ​begun and we ​expect the ​plant to ​soon be ​fully operational (= ​workingcorrectly and ​completely).
(Definition of operational from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"operational" in Business English

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operationaladjective

uk   us   /ˌɒpərˈeɪʃənəl/
[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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