1 medical
minor, small
life-saving, vital
routine (esp. BrE)

a delicate eye operation

surgical, transplant
heart, knee, etc.
have, undergo

He had an operation to remove a growth.

come through, survive

She came through the operation well.

carry out, perform

the surgeon performing the operation

during a/the operation

She woke during the operation.

operation for

an operation for a kidney problem

operation on

a major operation on his heart

2 organized activity
big, large-scale, major, massive
covert, undercover
combined, joint
tricky (esp. BrE)

a tricky rescue operation

combat, intelligence, military, naval, police
air, flight, ground, land, sea

US forces had to conduct ground and air operations.

The airline has appointed a new director of flight operations.

clean-up, counterterrorist, drilling, mining, mopping-up, offensive, peacekeeping, relief, rescue, salvage, security, tactical

UN troops supervised the relief operations.

banking, building, business, commercial

restrictions placed on business operations

psychological operations, special operations

Special operations forces were on the ground in Afghanistan.

begin, launch, mount, undertake

The authorities launched a massive security operation in the city.

carry out, conduct, run
oversee, supervise
during a/the operation

during joint military operations

a theatre/theater of operations (= where military operations take place)
3 fact of sth functioning
effective, efficient, smooth
daily, day-to-day

the smooth day-to-day operation of the department

come into

A ceasefire came into operation in May.

bring sth into (esp. BrE), put sth into

The factory will cease operation at the end of the year.

during operation

The machine can get very hot during operation.

in operation

The current tax system has been in operation for ten years.

in full operation, into full operation

the only reactor in full operation

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