op·​er·​a·​tion·​al | \ ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shnəl How to pronounce operational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of operational

1 : of or relating to operation or to an operation the operational gap between planning and production
2 : of, relating to, or based on operations
3a : of, engaged in, or connected with execution of military or naval operations in campaign or battle
b : ready for or in condition to undertake a destined function

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Other Words from operational

operationally adverb

Examples of operational in a Sentence

The new airport should be fully operational by next year. The computer network is now operational.

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Since 2012, when all 10 gaming licenses finally had been operational for a full year, Illinois casinos’ annual gross receipts have dropped from $1.63 billion to $1.37 billion. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Let’s cut to the chase: A Chicago casino must be near downtown," 29 July 2019 More than 300 high-definition cameras to spot wildfires are operational, according to the company. Los Angeles Times, "California utilities agree to pay $10.5 billion into new wildfire fund," 25 July 2019 The company expects the plant to be operational in the first quarter of 2020, and so far has filled about 20 positions, company spokesman Scott Worden said. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Mike Pence scheduled for second visit to Ohio next week," 25 July 2019 Ørsted plans to begin construction by 2021 for Skipjack to be operational by 2022. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, baltimoresun.com, "Tradepoint Atlantic chosen as Maryland’s first staging area for offshore wind energy," 23 July 2019 The first of them will be operational by March 2020. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "2A expanding Auburn foundry, to hire 50," 23 July 2019 Erdogan has said the systems will both be operational by April 2020. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Why NATO member Turkey wants Russian missiles," 18 July 2019 Although the first nominating contest in Iowa is still more than six months away, tighter qualifying standards for the fall debates and cash flow problems have prompted questions about how many campaigns will still be operational next year. Steve Peoples, The Denver Post, "In crowded 2020 Democratic field, a clear top tier emerges," 16 July 2019 The lines are operational from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information about evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters call Gila County Emergency Management at 928-402-8888 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check back at azcentral.com for updates. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Woodbury Fire hits 66,000 acres; community meeting set for Friday evening," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of operational

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for operational

operation + -al entry 1

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The first known use of operational was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of operational

: ready for use : able to be used
: of or relating to the operation of a business or machine


op·​er·​a·​tion·​al | \ ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce operational (audio) \

Kids Definition of operational

: ready for use The new airport is now operational.


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to shake or wave menacingly

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