Definitions For Operative


  • Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
  • A person secretly employed in espionage for a government


  • Being in force or having or exerting force
  • Relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine


  • (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
  • Effective; producing a desired effect


  • A person who does secret work for a government or political organization
  • A person who does work that involves using tools, operating machinery, etc.

Is Operative a Scrabble Word?

Words With Friends YES
Scrabble US YES
Scrabble UK YES
English International (SOWPODS) YES
Scrabble Global YES
Enable1 Dictionary YES

Points in Different Games

Words with Friends

The word Operative is worth 14 points in Scrabble and 16 points in Words with Friends

Examples of Operative in a Sentence

  • The factory must pass inspection before it becomes operative.
  • The telephone system is now fully operative.
  • If I go, I will bring a salad. “If,” however, is the operative word, since I am not sure that I can go.
  • CIA operatives take terrible risks to find out the secrets of foreign countries.
  • Set in the 1930s, the novel is about a washed-out operative working for a third-rate detective agency

Synonyms for Operative

Antonyms for Operative

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