operational

If something is operational, it’s up and running and ready to go. If you’ve been waiting for a new skating rink to open, you’ll jump for joy when it’s finally operational.

When something is operational, it's ready to use or is already in use. Don’t get on an elevator that’s not fully operational unless you like getting stuck. Any gadget being used is operational. If someone calls you and you pick up and talk, then both phones are operational. If the compost bin you’ve been working on is operational, go ahead and throw in the banana peels. Operational things are functional. If your skates are operational, lace up and go!

Primary Meanings of operational

1.
adj
pertaining to a process or series of actions for achieving a result
2.
adj
(military) of or intended for or involved in military operations
Full Definitions of operational
1

adj pertaining to a process or series of actions for achieving a result

operational difficulties”
“they assumed their operational positions”

adj fit or ready for use or service

“an operational aircraft”
Synonyms:
functional, operable, usable, useable
serviceable
ready for service or able to give long service

adj being in effect or operation

“"de facto apartheid is still operational even in the `new' African nations"- Leslie Marmon Silko”
Synonyms:
in operation, operating
operative
being in force or having or exerting force
2

adj (military) of or intended for or involved in military operations

Synonyms:
active, combat-ready, fighting
engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
effective
ready for service
Antonyms:
inactive, nonoperational
(military) not involved in military operations

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