Definition of operation in English:

operation

Line breaks: op¦er|ation
Pronunciation: /ɒpəˈreɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 2An act of surgery performed on a patient: I’ve never felt better since my bypass operation
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    • To avoid this problem, some surgeons perform coronary bypass operations on beating hearts.
    • Vasectomy can easily be performed as an outpatient operation under local anaesthetic.
    • Patients can visit day surgery units for small operations and be allowed to return home later in the day or evening.
    Synonyms
    surgery, surgical operation, surgical intervention, major surgery, minor surgery
  • 3 [often with adjective or noun modifier] An organized activity involving a number of people: a rescue operation
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    • His leadership combined military operations, government administration, and economic management.
    • Arguably they are too late, since the unprecedented military operation staged to rescue her was itself a made for-TV movie directed by the Pentagon.
    • The official avoided making specific comments on the possibility of a U.S.-led military operation to rescue Koda.
    Synonyms
    action, activity, exercise, affair, business, undertaking, step, enterprise, task, job, process, procedure, manoeuvre, campaign
  • 3.1A business organization; a company: he reopened his operation under a different name
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    • Today, the companies are vastly different operations and producing returns at opposite ends of the scale for their owners.
    • Inquiries about a private operation produced an estimate of £19,000.
    • Most companies have not made the transition from being multi-region organizations to truly global operations.
    Synonyms
  • 3.2An activity in which a business is involved: the company is selling most of its commercial banking operations
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    • The sequence of banking operations involved in payment turns, in part, on whether there is a credit transfer or debit transfer.
    • I'm not really involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, but I'm trying to get more and more involved.
    • They are long on management talent and typically expect to be involved in the day-to-day operations of acquired businesses.
  • 4 Mathematics A process in which a number, quantity, expression, etc., is altered or manipulated according to set formal rules, such as those of addition, multiplication, and differentiation.
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    • Problems can be created to cover all math operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division!
    • That is addition, multiplication and the two inverse operations of subtraction and division.
    • For example, one can have a group in which the objects are numbers and the combining operation is addition or multiplication.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin operatio(n-), from the verb operari 'expend labour on' (see operate).

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