From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishoperationalop‧e‧ra‧tion‧al /ˌɒpəˈreɪʃənəl◂ $ ˌɑːp-/ ●○○ adjective 1 WORKING/NOT BROKEN[not before noun] working and ready to be used The boat should be operational by this afternoon. The new system became operational in March. Our main offices are now fully operational. → operative1(1)2 [only before noun]BBPG relating to the operation of a business, government etc Patco accepted full responsibility for operational management. —operationally adverb
Examples from the Corpusoperational• The terminal is fully operational and airlines will begin using it next week.• the bank's operational budget• The satellite is expected to be operational by next week.• Nor will they instruct you about specific strategic, organizational, or operational choices peculiar to your own organization.• Once the country's largest dry ski-slope is fully operational it is hoped to offer up to 70 part-time jobs to experienced skiers.• At least eight countries are known to have operational nuclear weapons.• It has, today, been adapted to measure the effectiveness of operational research.• The major affective constructions during the stage of formal operations build on those of the concrete operational stage.• The budget is an operational statement in monetary terms.• In education operational time scales tend to be longer than commercial ones, certainly so far as joint projects are concerned.• This provides us with a very operational view concerning these matters.• Lothian Region and Edinburgh District councils are expected to approve the scheme next month and it could be operational within 18 months.fully operational• Denver's new airport is now fully operational.• The new office in Campbell plans to have 45 real estate agents when fully operational.• What had to be sacrificed was time, since it would be years before the shuttle would be fully operational.• It is to be fully operational by mid-2003.• The muscles had been fully stimulated during the growth period and Ewan had supposed they'd be fully operational immediately.• In 1900, the Power House was built and became fully operational in 1901.• Once the country's largest dry ski-slope is fully operational it is hoped to offer up to 70 part-time jobs to experienced skiers.• Once fully operational, they should process 3,000 tons of effluent a day.• Implementation would take at least six months, culminating in fully operational work-unit teams.From Longman Business Dictionaryoperationalop‧e‧ra‧tion‧al /ˌɒpəˈreɪʃənəl◂ˌɑː-/ adjective1working or able to be usedEven when the new system is fully operational it will be subject to important conditions.The power station will become operational next year.These vehicles have an operational life of five years.2[only before a noun] related to the running of a business, government etcYou will be in charge of day-to-day operational matters.Our operational budget is over £1,100 million.We need to cut our operational costs in half.