Operationalize vs Operational - What's the difference?

operationalize | operational |

Operationalize is a derived term of operational.

As a verb operationalize

is to make operational.

As a adjective operational is

of or relating to operations, especially military operations.




Alternative forms

* operationalise


  • To make operational.
  • (social sciences) To define (a concept) in such a way that it can be practically measured.
  • * 1956 , Ernest Greenwood, "New Directions in Delinquency Research: A Commentary on a Study by Bernard Lander," Social Service Review , vol. 30, no. 2, p. 152:
  • To operationalize a concept is to identify those variables in terms of which the phenomenon represented by the concept can be accurately observed.
  • *2012 , Adam Zeman, ‘Only Connect’, Literary Review , issue 399:
  • *:Vision seems ‘childishly simple’ to us but proves to be fiendishly hard to operationalise , precisely because we are so good at it.
  • Derived terms

    * operationalizability * operationalizable * operationalization




    (en adjective)
  • Of or relating to operations, especially military operations.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=70, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Engineers of a different kind , passage=Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers.
  • Functioning and ready for use.
  • * 1977 , (George Lucas), Governor Tarkin in Star Wars ,
  • Princess Leia, before your execution, you will join me at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational . No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.
  • Effective or operative.
  • Determined by means of practical measures.
  • Derived terms