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operator

op·er·a·tor

operator

 
 
pronunciation:
a p reI tr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: one who controls functions, operations, or activities, as of machines or businesses.
a crane operatorthe operator of a restaurant
synonyms:
administrator, commander, director, manager, master, superintendent, supervisor
similar words:
agent, boss, captain, chief, executive, foreman, head, leader, overseer
definition 2: one who makes telephone connections through a central switchboard and provides information and other assistance to telephone users.
similar words:
receptionist
definition 3: one who buys and sells securities, esp. in large quantities.
similar words:
broker, stockbroker
definition 4: (informal) one who acts deceptively to improve his or her situation; hustler; manipulator.
synonyms:
finagler, manipulator
similar words:
angler, con man, hustler, swindler, wheeler-dealer
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