operating

adjective op·er·at·ing \ ˈä-pə-ˌrā-tiŋ , ˈä-ˌprā- \

Definition of operating

:of, relating to, or used for or in operations
  • operating expenses
  • a hospital operating room

Examples of operating in a Sentence

  1. the only operating nuclear power plant in the state

Origin and Etymology of operating

from present participle of operate



OPERATING Defined for English Language Learners

operating

adjective

Definition of operating for English Language Learners

  • : relating to the way a machine, vehicle, device, etc., functions or is used and controlled

  • : relating to the way a business, department, program, etc., functions or is controlled


Medical Dictionary

operating

adjective op·er·at·ing \ ˈäp-(ə-)ˌrāt-iŋ \

medical Definition of operating

:of, relating to, or used for operations
  • a hospital operating room
  • operating scissors

Law Dictionary

operating

adjective op·er·at·ing \ ˈä-pə-ˌrā-tiŋ \

legal Definition of operating

1 :engaged in active business
2 :arising out of or relating to the current daily operations of a concern (as in transportation or manufacturing) as distinct from its financial transactions and permanent improvements
  • operating expenses
  • operating personnel


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