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"operator" in British English

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operatornoun [C]

uk   /ˈɒp.ər.eɪ.tər/ us   /ˈɑː.pə.reɪ.t̬ɚ/
B2 someone whose job is to use and control a machine or vehicle: a computer operator
B2 a company that does a particular type of business: a tour operator
a smooth, clever, etc. operator
someone who is skilled at dealing with people and getting what he or she wants from a situation: He has shown himself to be a canny operator in wage negotiations.

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(Definition of operator from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"operator" in American English

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operatornoun [C]

us   /ˈɑp·əˌreɪt̬·ər/
a person who makes something work or puts something into action: a computer/machine operator
An operator is also a person who works on a telephone switchboard: Dial or press zero for the operator.
usually disapproving An operator is a person who is often successful but seems too intelligent or speaks and acts too quickly and may not always be honest: He’s a smooth operator.
(Definition of operator from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"operator" in Business English

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operatornoun [C]

uk   /ˈɒpəreɪtər/ us  
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.
(Definition of operator from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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