op·​er·​at·​ing | \ ˈä-pə-ˌrā-tiŋ How to pronounce operating (audio) , 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

the only operating nuclear power plant in the state
Recent Examples on the Web The main reason behind it was an increase in non-operating expenses and higher income tax in the quarter. Trefis Team, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 On Monday, as Hasbro released its fourth quarter earnings, the toy maker recorded a $41.3 million net non-cash, non-operating charge associated with the company’s investment in the Discovery Family Channel. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2022 Lower non-operating expenses outweighed a slightly higher effective tax rate, and EPS rose from $1.44 in Q1 ’21 to $1.91 in Q1 ’22. Trefis Team, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 However, a $10 million rise in non-operating expenses saw EPS drop from $1.32 to $1.31 over this period. Trefis Team, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Operating Earnings contain non-operating gains/losses that lead to exaggerating the decline and the rebound in true profits as shown in Figure 1. David Trainer, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 My firm’s Core Earnings remove such unusual, non-operating charges, so investors get more accurate, and less volatile, views of profits. David Trainer, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The once-seemingly global media colossus is now the non-operating junior partner of a newer global media enterprise. Howard Homonoff, Forbes, 21 May 2021 And volatility in the stock market and financial swings at affiliates and joint ventures caused a 65% plunge in non-operating revenue, or money generated by investments and other sources not related to patient care. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 10 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of operating

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for operating

from present participle of operate

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7 May 2022

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“Operating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operating. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for operating


op·​er·​at·​ing | \ ˈäp-(ə-)ˌrāt-iŋ How to pronounce operating (audio) \

Medical Definition of operating

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


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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