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Definition of operative noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈɑprət̮ɪv//
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  1. 1(technology) a worker, especially one who works with their hands a factory operative skilled/unskilled operatives
  2. 2 a person who does secret work, especially for a government organization an intelligence operative
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: operative