HyperDic: operative

English > 6 senses of the word operative:
ADJECTIVEalloperativebeing in force or having or exerting force
alloperative, surgicalrelating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine
alloperativeeffective
alloperative, running, functional, working(of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
NOUNperson operative, secret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agenta person secretly employed in espionage for a government
person operative, private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, shamus, sherlocksomeone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
operative > pronunciation
Soundsaa'perahtihv
Rhymesabortive ... vituperative: 304 rhymes with ihv...
English > operative: 6 senses > adjective 1
MeaningIn force or having or exerting force.
Examples
  • "operative regulations"
  • "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"
Narrowereffective, good, in effect, in forceExerting force or influence
operantHaving influence or producing an effect
operational, in operation, operatingin effect or operation
workingServing to permit or facilitate further work or activity
Oppositeinoperativenot working or taking effect
Spanishoperativo
Catalanoperatiu
English > operative: 6 senses > adjective 2
Meaningrelating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine.
Example "operative dentistry"
Synonymsurgical
Narrowerpostoperativehappening or done after a surgical operation
preoperativehappening or done before and in preparation for a surgical operation
Oppositemedicalrequiring or amenable to treatment by medicine especially as opposed to surgery
Spanishoperatorio, quirúrgica, quirúrgico
Catalanoperatori, quirúrgic
Nounsoperationa medical procedure involving an incision with instruments
Verbsoperateperform surgery on
English > operative: 6 senses > adjective 3
Meaningeffective; producing a desired effect.
Example"the operative word"
Broadersignificant, importantImportant in effect or meaning / meaning
Adverbsoperativelyin a manner to produce an effect
English > operative: 6 senses > adjective 4
Meaning(of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing.
Synonymsrunning, functional, working
BroaderfunctioningPerforming or able to perform its regular function
Spanishfuncional, operativo
Catalanoperatiu
Verbsoperatehandle and cause to function
operateperform as expected when applied
English > operative: 6 senses > noun 1, person
MeaningA person secretly employed in espionage for a government.
Synonymssecret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent
NarrowerNOCAn undercover agent who is given no official cover
agent-in-placeAn operative serving as a penetration into an intelligence target
agent provocateur, provocateurA secret agent who incites / incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts
bridge agentAn operative who acts as a courier or go-between from a case officer to a secret agent in a hostile area
case officerAn operative who also serves as an official staffer of an intelligence service
codetalker, windtalkerA secret agent who was one of the Navajos who devised and used a code based on their native language
footA member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger
spy, undercover agent(military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
walk-inAn operative who initiates his own defection (usually to a hostile country) for political asylum
BroaderagentA representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
Spanishagente de inteligencia, agente operativo, agente secreto
Catalanagent d'intel·ligència, agent operatiu, agent secret
English > operative: 6 senses > noun 2, person
Meaningsomeone who can be employed as a detective to collect information.
Synonymsprivate detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, shamus, sherlock
Narrowerhotel detective, house detective, house dickA private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
inquiry agentA private detective
store detectiveA private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage
BroaderdetectiveAn investigator / investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
Spanishagente, detective, detective privado, investigador privado
Catalanagent, detectiu, detectiu privat, investigador privat

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