in·​ter·​op·​er·​a·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-tər-ˌä-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce interoperability (audio) \

Definition of interoperability

: ability of a system (such as a weapons system) to work with or use the parts or equipment of another system

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from interoperability

interoperable \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈä-​p(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce interoperability (audio) \ adjective

Examples of interoperability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Long before Zuckerberg announced his interoperability push, Facebook had already been hard at work on merging Instagram and WhatsApp with its core social network. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, "Regulators want to break up Facebook. That’s a technical nightmare, insiders say.," 11 Dec. 2020 To effectively drive change, American health care leaders will need to communicate the importance of interoperability by leveraging their purchasing power and strengthening the regulatory environment. Bruce Broussard, STAT, "Interoperability: an untapped tool in America’s fight against Covid-19," 18 Nov. 2020 And even when the will to share data exists, lack of interoperability between medical records systems remains a formidable technical barrier. Amit Kaushal, Scientific American, "Health Care AI Systems Are Biased," 17 Nov. 2020 Some 250 businesses, computer scientists, legal experts and software developers have submitted 26 friend-of-the-court briefs in support of interoperability. Brad Smith, WSJ, "Is Your iPhone Too Easy to Use?," 6 Oct. 2020 This year’s exercises will include high-end tactical training to improve interoperability among the participating forces. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Navy flattening COVID-19 curve, increasing exercises globally," 5 Nov. 2020 The fighter will incorporate a stealthy design, and Japan has emphasized interoperability with American fighter jets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Building a Next-Gen Stealth Fighter Jet of Its Own," 3 Nov. 2020 Corey Wallace, an assistant professor focusing on Japanese foreign policy at Kanagawa University, said the exercises are displaying new levels of interoperability between the Japanese and US militaries. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is showing Tokyo how it can help defend them," 27 Oct. 2020 Software makers including Microsoft and a leading association of internet companies are supporting Google, saying copyright law must allow some fair use of computer programs to promote follow-on technologies and interoperability between programs. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Supreme Court Weighs Copyright Fight Between Google and Oracle," 7 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interoperability.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of interoperability

1965, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about interoperability

Time Traveler for interoperability

Time Traveler

The first known use of interoperability was in 1965

See more words from the same year

Statistics for interoperability

Last Updated

15 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Interoperability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on interoperability

Britannica English: Translation of interoperability for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about interoperability

Comments on interoperability

What made you want to look up interoperability? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!