Definitions for operativeˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word operative

Princeton's WordNet

  1. secret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent, operative(noun)

    a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

  2. private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlock(adj)

    someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

  3. operative(adj)

    being in force or having or exerting force

    "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"

  4. surgical, operative(adj)

    relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine

    "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"

  5. operative(adj)

    effective; producing a desired effect

    "the operative word"

  6. running(a), operative, functional, working(a)(adj)

    (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

    "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"

GCIDE

  1. Operative(n.)

    One who acts as an agent of another, especially a detective or spy.

Wiktionary

  1. operative(Noun)

    An employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.

  2. operative(Noun)

    A spy, secret agent, or detective.

  3. operative(Noun)

    A participant of an operation.

  4. operative(Adjective)

    Effectual or important.

    He's usually in a good mood u2014 the operative word there being "usually". Today was a disaster.

  5. operative(Adjective)

    Functional, in working order.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Abid Naseer:

    Abid is innocent, he is not a terrorist. He is not an Al Qaeda operative.

  2. Abid Naseer:

    Abid is innocent, he is not a terrorist. He is not an al-Qaida operative.

  3. Mohammad Javad Zarif:

    It is unfortunate that some overzealous low-level operative tried to take advantage of him.

  4. President Nicolas Maduro:

    In the case of Venezuela we will be returning our ambassador immediately to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.

  5. Michael Raymond-James:

    He was so much more involved than that. He was a major operative and a huge thorn in the British crown, sons of Liberty.

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Translations for operative

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • operatorioSpanish
  • asiamies, toimija, toimiva, vaikuttavaFinnish
  • opératoireFrench
  • operatorio, operativoItalian
  • werkzaamDutch
  • operatórioPortuguese
  • действенный, работать, рабочий, эффективный, действоватьRussian

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