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Is there no job security for government operatives anymore? The Sun (2013)The best political operatives throughout history have known that organisation is the key to power. Times, Sunday Times (2008) Political operatives suggested he run for office. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Other operatives had clearly worked out their own system for reaching targets. Times, Sunday Times (2009)What's an undercover operative supposed to do? Times, Sunday Times (2012)These are uniformed units in a hot war, not undercover operatives in a cold war. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The most feared political operative in Washington has taken me into his kitchen to make a drink. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The undercover operative's daring role in the foiled bomb plot was supposed to have remained a secret. Times, Sunday Times (2012)A former intelligence operative is brought out of retirement to uncover a. The Sun (2016)Purpose Asked if current requirement that all street work operatives and supervisors must hold specific qualifications could be removed. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Still, you have to worry about a pianist who spins through his repertoire like an operative working a machine. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But behind the image of the dutiful wife and mother is a steely political operative who has seized control of the campaign at a vital juncture. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But when a police chief crosses that line and becomes a political operative, the system provides little control and no remedy. Times, Sunday Times (2008)A handful of former MI6 operatives still work for the company. Times, Sunday Times (2012)In many areas poorly paid ""food service operatives'' prepare food. Bad Food Britain (2006)A former intelligence operative is brought out of retirement to uncover a Soviet mole in MI6. The Sun (2013)
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Translations for 'operative'
British English: operative ADJECTIVE
A system or service that is operative is working or having an effect.
The commercial telephone service was no longer operative.
British English: operative NOUN
An operative is a worker, especially one who does work with their hands.
In an automated car plant there is not a human operative to be seen.
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