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operator

noun [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 particular type of business: a tour operator a person who helps to connect people on a phone systema smooth, clever, etc. operator a person who deals with people or problems cleverly, especially for their own advantage: He has shown himself to be a canny operator in wage negotiations.
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