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 $130 million distillery of Bulleit bourbon is expected to be fully operational in 2021. Washington Post, "Diageo goes green with carbon neutral distillery in Kentucky," 29 June 2020 The theater chain had planned to begin a multi-phase reopening on July 15, with the goal of being fully operational by July 24. Clare Duffy, CNN, "AMC delays US theater openings as it waits for summer blockbusters," 29 June 2020 Cedar Point has not yet announced when the reservation system will be operational. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Cedar Point Shores won’t open for 2020; Cedar Point announces reduced hours, no Fast Lane passes for sale," 25 June 2020 Hospitals and clinics have been pulverized, mostly by airstrikes, leaving only half the nation’s health facilities operational. Sarah Dadouch, BostonGlobe.com, "Yemeni rebels announce missile and drone strikes on Saudi capital," 23 June 2020 Chisholm told me that there’s no set date for when courts will be fully operational again. Rachel Louise Snyder, The New Yorker, "Can Domestic Abusers Keep Themselves Accountable When No One Is Watching?," 23 June 2020 In a conversation with The Center Square last year, Gary Wolfram, Hillsdale College William Simon professor of economics and public policy, noted Line 5 has been operational since 1953 without any incidents resulting in spillage in the Great Lakes. Bruce Walker, Washington Examiner, "Citing ‘damaged anchor support,’ Enbridge closes Line 5 pipeline," 22 June 2020 Currently, 50 leases for iron mining, covering 144 square kilometers, are operational within Saranda forest; and the Jharkhand government has granted 22 more leases, on 94 square kilometers of forest, to national and multinational companies. Gladson Dungdung, Scientific American, "India's Coronavirus Refugees Are Also Development Refugees," 20 June 2020 But years of delays later, the cable is still not fully operational. Mary Hui, Quartz, "An undersea internet cable is the latest snag in US-China tensions over Hong Kong," 19 June 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Operational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operational. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce operational (audio)

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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