operator - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun [countable] 

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/ˈɒpəˌreɪtə(r)/
singularoperator
pluraloperators
  1. 2
    someone whose job is to operate a machine or piece of equipment

    a crane operator

  2. 4
    someone who is very good at getting what they want, sometimes by tricking other people
    smooth/shrewd operator:

    He was a shrewd operator who skilfully manipulated the press.