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English noun: operator

1. operator (mathematics) a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation


Broader (hypernym)function, map, mapping, mathematical function, single-valued function


Narrower (hyponym)identity, identity element, identity operator, linear operator


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

2. operator (person) an agent that operates some apparatus or machine


SamplesThe operator of the switchboard.


Synonymsmanipulator


Broader (hypernym)causal agency, causal agent, cause


Narrower (hyponym)company operator, driver, elevator operator, engine driver, engineer, hoister, jockey, locomotive engineer, motorman, radio operator, railroad engineer, switchboard operator, switchman, telegraph operator, telegrapher, telegraphist, telephone operator, telephonist

3. operator (person) someone who owns or operates a business


SamplesWho is the operator of this franchise?.


Broader (hypernym)businessman, man of affairs


Narrower (hyponym)supermarketeer, supermarketer

4. operator (person) a shrewd or unscrupulous person who knows how to circumvent difficulties


Synonymshustler, wheeler dealer


Broader (hypernym)opportunist, self-seeker


Narrower (hyponym)wire-puller


Domain usagecolloquialism

5. operator (person) a speculator who trades aggressively on stock or commodity markets


Broader (hypernym)plunger, speculator









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