la operación
-the operation
See the entry for operación.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (medicine)
a. operation
La operación del paciente fue un éxito y le dieron el alta al día siguiente.The patient's operation was successful and he was discharged the following day.
b. surgery
Mi madre se sometió a una operación delicada para aliviarle el dolor de espalda.My mother underwent tricky surgery to alleviate her back pain.
2. (task)
a. operation
La operación de limpieza tras la manifestación llevó más de 24 horas.The cleanup operation following the demonstration took over 24 hours.
3. (business)
a. transaction
La web del banco no me deja realizar ciertas operaciones, como transferencias.The bank's website doesn't allow me to make certain transactions such as transfers.
b. deal
Los agentes de bolsa negociaron una operación de inversión que les hizo ganar mucho dinero.The brokers negotiated an investment deal which earned them a lot of money.
4. (mathematics)
a. operation
Para realizar esta operación tan compleja necesitaré una calculadora.I'll need a calculator to carry out this complex operation.
5. (military)
a. operation
En la operación contra el enemigo murieron varios soldados.Several soliders died in the operation against the enemy.
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feminine noun
1. operation (en general)
  • operación quirúrgica (surgical) operation
  • operación retorno/salida = police operation to assist traffic at the end/beginning of popular holiday periods
2. transaction (commerce)
OPERACIÓN RETORNO At the end of major holiday periods (bank holiday weekends, Easter and the month of August) huge efforts are made to reduce the number of accidents and traffic jams as Spanish holiday-makers head home from the coasts and mountains. Known as Operación Retorno, this exercise involves many special measures: for example, road works can be suspended for the weekend, and in congested areas heavy lorries can be kept off the roads, while helicopters are used to observe progress and spot problem areas. The success (or otherwise) of the enterprise is usually front-page news on the following Monday
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1 (acción) operation
operaciones de rescate operaciones de salvamento rescue operations
operación retorno (España) effort to control traffic returning to a big city after a major holiday
2 (Med) operation
una operación de estómago a stomach operation; an operation on the stomach
operación a corazón abierto open-heart surgery
operación cesárea Caesarean; Caesarean operation
operación quirúrgica surgical operation
3 (Mil) operation
operaciones conjuntas joint operations
operación de ablandamiento softening-up operation
operación de limpia operación de limpieza mopping up operation
4 (Com) transaction; deal
operación a plazo forward transaction
operaciones bursátiles operaciones de bolsa stock-exchange transactions
operación "llave en mano" turnkey operation
operación mercantil business deal
5 (Matemáticas) operation
6 (Latinoamérica) (Minería) operation; working; exploitation; (Com) management
operaciones accesorias (Informática) housekeeping
; (s)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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