1 conductor, driver, handler, mechanic, operative, practitioner, skilled employee, technician, worker
2 administrator, contractor, dealer, director, manager, speculator, trader
3 (informal) Machiavellian, machinator, manipulator, mover, shyster (slang, chiefly U.S.) smart aleck (informal) wheeler-dealer (informal) wirepuller, worker
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operator ( operators plural )
1 n-count An operator is a person who connects telephone calls at a telephone exchange or in a place such as an office or hotel.
He dialled the operator and put in a call for Rome.
2 n-count An operator is a person who is employed to operate or control a machine.
usu n N
3 n-count An operator is a person or a company that runs a business. (BUSINESS) usu with supp
...`Tele-Communications', the nation's largest cable TV operator.
4 n-count If you call someone a good operator, you mean that they are skilful at achieving what they want, often in a slightly dishonest way.
INFORMAL usu adj N
...one of the shrewdest political operators in the Arab World.
tour operator ( tour operators plural ) A tour operator is a company that provides holidays in which your travel and accommodation are booked for you. n-count
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