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

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 Businesses that migrate to on-premise solutions to cut operational costs often find that their IT teams are unable to keep pace with the speed of innovation. Kaveh Khorram, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Inflation is driving up operational drilling costs, meaning companies will need to spend more to maintain production levels. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 29 July 2022 Now, in 2022, the four-day school week also allows districts to trim back on operational costs, but the savings are relatively minimal. Brian Lopez, San Antonio Express-News, 25 July 2022 The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas has a continuous source of money that will support staff salaries and operational costs thanks to an endowment from the Hunt family. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 19 July 2022 This then increases operational costs for companies, which, in turn, raise their prices to maintain profitability, thereby exacerbating inflation. Will Daniel, Fortune, 18 July 2022 Jackson: Local search and rescue responders are hoping to raise donations for a helicopter and secure county support to cover operational costs, the Jackson Hole News&Guide reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 However, operational costs are cut by up to 90% compared to combustion engine boats, according to Candela. Rebecca Cairns; Video By Milly Chan, CNN, 28 June 2022 And the remaining $850,000 will be directed toward meals, operational costs, towing and helping people pay for housing applications and move-in deposits. Anna Patrick, Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2022 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Operational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operational. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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