operational

adjective
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The stagnant price has eroded the stamp's buying power and reduced its effectiveness in an era of rising land values and operational expenses. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2021 Today's nonprofit organizations face shifting demands for services, increasing financial pressures and diverse operational challenges. Suzanne Ogle, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Businesses that receive grants through the new program will be able to put that money toward operational expenses as well as unpaid rent. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 25 May 2021 Funds raising during Swamp-A-Thon will be used for operational expenses for the studio’s nonprofit Muscle Shoals Music Foundation. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 6 May 2021 Other items Republicans intend to remove include freezing enrollment in the private school voucher program and allowing the University of Wisconsin System to borrow for operational expenses. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Other items Republicans intend to remove include freezing enrollment in the private school voucher program and allowing the University of Wisconsin System to borrow for operational expenses. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Were there any operational challenges for Sallie Mae’s compliance program during this pandemic? Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 The grants can be used to help cover employee pay, operational expenses incurred to enable the business to remain open, or costs associated with the reopening of a business that was previously shut down due to the pandemic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Operational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operational. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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operational

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of operational

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

operational

adjective
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.

operational

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

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