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!

Definitions of operational
  1. adjective
    pertaining to a process or series of actions for achieving a result
    operational difficulties”
    “they assumed their operational positions”
  2. adjective
    fit or ready for use or service
    “an operational aircraft”
    synonyms: functional, operable, usable, useable
    ready for service or able to give long service
  3. adjective
    being in effect or operation
    “"de facto apartheid is still operational even in the `new' African nations"- Leslie Marmon Silko”
    synonyms: in operation, operating
    being in force or having or exerting force
  4. adjective
    (military) of or intended for or involved in military operations
    active, combat-ready, fighting
    engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
    ready for service
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    inactive, nonoperational
    (military) not involved in military operations
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