- noun1 person who connects telephone callsADJECTIVE▪ switchboard, telephoneOPERATOR + VERB▪ connect sb, put sb through▪
I asked the operator to put me through to her office.2 person who works a machine, etc.ADJECTIVE▪ experienced, skilled▪ machine, plant▪ camera, computer, lathe, radio, etc.3 person/company that does particular businessADJECTIVE▪ big, large▪ small▪ private▪ independent▪ holiday (BrE), tour, travel (esp. BrE)▪ cable, cable-television▪ cellular (AmE), mobile (BrE), mobile-phone (BrE), network▪ satellite, telecommunications▪ airline (esp. BrE), bus (esp. BrE), charter, coach (BrE), ferry (esp. BrE), rail (BrE), train (BrE)▪
a train operator that runs services between London and Scotland▪
The Transport Minister has issued two new licences to private bus operators in the Dublin area.4 sb who is good at getting what they wantADJECTIVE▪ shrewd, smooth
Collocations dictionary. 2013.