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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 operatorB2 a ​company that does a ​particulartype of ​business: a ​tour operator a ​person who ​helps to ​connectpeople on a ​phonesystema 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 ​wagenegotiations.
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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   us   /ˈɒpəreɪtər/
someone whose ​job is to use and ​control a ​machine, ​vehicle, or ​piece of ​equipment: a camera/​crane/​forklift operator The ​systemlets you ​talk directly to a callcentre 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 ​connectspeople on a ​phonesystem: 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 ​wagenegotiations.
(Definition of operator from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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