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Meaning of business by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English busines, bisynes, from Old English bisiġnes ( “business, busyness” ), equivalent to busy +‎ -ness. Compare also busyness .


    • IPA: /ˈbɪzˌnəs/ or /ˈbɪzˌnɪs/, X-SAMPA: /"bIzn@s/, /"bIznIs/
    • Hyphenation: busi‧ness


    business ( countable and uncountable; plural: businesses )

    1. ( countable ) A specific commercial enterprise or establishment .
      I was left my father's business .
    2. ( countable ) A person's occupation, work, or trade .
      He is in the motor business .
      I'm going to Las Vegas on business .
    3. ( uncountable ) Commercial, industrial, or professional activity .
      He's such a poor cook, I can't believe he's still in business!
      We do business all over the world .
    4. ( uncountable ) The volume or amount of commercial trade .
      Business has been slow lately .
      They did nearly a million dollars of business over the long weekend .
    5. ( uncountable ) One's dealings; patronage .
      I shall take my business elsewhere .
    6. ( uncountable ) Private commercial interests taken collectively .
      This proposal will satisfy both business and labor .
    7. ( uncountable ) The management of commercial enterprises, or the study of such management .
      I studied business at Harvard .
    8. ( countable ) A particular situation or activity .
      This UFO stuff is a mighty strange business .
    9. ( countable ) An objective or a matter needing to be dealt with .
      Our principal business here is to get drunk .
      Let's get down to business .
    10. ( uncountable ) Something involving one personally .
      That's none of your business .
    11. ( uncountable, parliamentary procedure ) Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action .
      If that concludes the announcements, we'll move on to new business .
    12. ( travel, uncountable ) Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first class and coach.
    13. ( acting ) Action carried out with a prop or piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.
    14. ( countable, rare ) The collective noun for a group of ferrets.
    15. ( uncountable, slang, UK ) Something very good; top quality. ( possibly from "the bee's knees" )
      These new phones are the business!
    16. ( slang, uncountable ) Excrement, particularly that of a non-human animal .
      Your ferret left his business all over the floor .
      As the cart went by, its horse lifted its tail and did its business .



    1. Of, to, pertaining to or utilized for purposes of conducting trade, commerce, governance, advocacy or other professional purposes .
      "Please do not use this phone for personal calls; it is a business phone."
    2. Professional, businesslike, having concern for good business practice.
    3. Supporting business, conducive to the conduct of business.

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Explanation of business by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect

    2. his business with the cane was hilarious
    3. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

    4. he's not in my line of business
    5. the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

    6. computers are now widely used in business
    7. the volume of commercial activity

    8. business is good today
      show me where the business was today
    9. a rightful concern or responsibility

    10. it's none of your business
      mind your own business
    11. an immediate objective

    12. gossip was the main business of the evening
    13. business concerns collectively

    14. Government and business could not agree
    15. a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it

    16. he bought his brother's business
      a small mom-and-pop business
      a racially integrated business concern
    17. customers collectively

    Definition of business by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Business ( bĭznĕs ), n.; pl. Businesses ( bĭznĕsĕz ). [From Busy.]
      1. That which busies one, or that which engages the time, attention, or labor of any one, as his principal concern or interest, whether for a longer or shorter time; constant employment; regular occupation; as, “the business of life; business before pleasure”.

      Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? Luke ii. 49.

      2. Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession. “The business of instruction.” Prescott.

      3. Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions.

      It seldom happens that men of a studious turn acquire any degree of reputation for their knowledge of business. Bp. Popteus.

      4. That which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission.

      The daughter of the King of France,

      On serious business, craving quick despatch,

      Importunes personal conference. Shak.

      What business has the tortoise among the clouds? L'Estrange.

      5. Affair; concern; matter; -- used in an indefinite sense, and modified by the connected words.

      It was a gentle business, and becoming

      The action of good women. Shak.


      Your needful counsel to our business. Shak.

      6. ( Drama ) The position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by the stage manager in rehearsal.

      7. Care; anxiety; diligence. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      To do one's business, to ruin one. [Colloq.] Wycherley. -- To make ( a thing ) one's business, to occupy one's self with a thing as a special charge or duty. [Colloq.] -- To mean business, to be earnest. [Colloq.]

      Syn. -- Affairs; concern; transaction; matter; engagement; employment; calling; occupation; trade; profession; vocation; office; duty.