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noun /ˈbiznis/ businesses, plural

  • A person’s regular occupation, profession, or trade

    • – she had to do a lot of smiling in her business
    • – are you here on business?
  • An activity that someone is engaged in

    • – what is your business here?
  • A person’s concern

    • – this is none of your business
    • – the neighbors make it their business to know all about you
  • Work that has to be done or matters that have to be attended to

    • – government business
    • – let’s get down to business
  • The practice of making one’s living by engaging in commerce

    • – the world of business
    • – whom do you do business with in Manila?
    • – the business community
    • – the jewelry business
  • Trade considered in terms of its volume or profitability

    • – how’s business?
  • A commercial house or firm

    • – a catering business
  • An affair or series of events, typically a scandalous or discreditable one

    • – they must be told about this blackmailing business
  • A group of related or previously mentioned things

    • – use carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli, and serve the whole business hot
  • Actions other than dialogue performed by actors

    • – a piece of business
  • A scolding; harsh verbal criticism

    • – the supervisor really gave him the business

Web definitions

  • a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; “he bought his brother’s business”; “a small mom-and-pop business”; “a racially integrated business concern”  
  • commercial enterprise: the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; “computers are now widely used in business”  
  • occupation: the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; “he’s not in my line of business”  
  • a rightful concern or responsibility; “it’s none of your business”; “mind your own business”  
  • an immediate objective; “gossip was the main business of the evening”  
  • the volume of commercial activity; “business is good today”; “show me where the business was today”  
  • clientele: customers collectively; “they have an upper class clientele”  
  • incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; “his business with the cane was hilarious”


  • A business (also called a company, enterprise or firm) is a legally recognized organization designed to provide goods and/or services to consumers. …


  • Business (Би́знес; Бізнес) )is a Russian-language business weekly in Ukraine. For circulation and advertising volume of the biggest business newspaper in Ukraine. Published on Mondays.


  • The Business called itself London’s first global business magazine published in the United Kingdom. It was edited by Allister Heath; published by Andrew Neil; and owned by the Barclay brothers, who also own The Daily Telegraph. …


  • The Business is a weekly half hour show focusing on film industry news from KCRW, hosted by Kim Masters.


  • The Business are an English Oi!/punk rock band formed in 1979 in Lewisham, South London. Their album Suburban Rebels became influential in the Oi! movement. …


  • “Business” is a song by the rapper Eminem, released in 2003 as a single internationally, except in the U.S.. It was from his worldwide hit album, The Eminem Show, which was released in 2002. In the song, Eminem talks about him and Dr. …


  • The Business is a novel by the Scottish writer Iain Banks, published in 1999.



adjective: official
noun: trade, affair, job, work, occupation, concern, employment, matter, commerce


Usage examples

Mr Obama described the former president, who remains the country’s dominant political force, as someone who still has “one foot in the old ways of doing business and one foot in the new”.

Jul 2, 2009 – – Barack Obama


…complaints levelled by Google’s competitors and the justice department, he said that the agreement, rather than simply resolve a past complaint, would have amounted to “a forward-looking business arrangement that would grant Google…

Mar 22, 2011 – Financial Times – Denny Chin


“I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level,” Beyonce said in a statement. “He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me.”

Mar 29, 2011 – Entertainment Weekly – Beyonce Knowles


Related phrases

big business: Large-scale or important financial or commercial activity

business park: An area where company offices and light industrial premises are built

business process reengineering: The process or activity of restructuring a company’s organization and methods, esp. to exploit the capabilities of computers

business card: A small card printed with one’s name, professional occupation, company position, business address, and other contact information

business person: A man or woman who works in business or commerce, esp. at an executive level

business double: A double made with the intention of increasing the penalty points scored by a partnership if they defeat their opponents’ contract

business model: A design for the successful operation business, identifying revenue sources, customer base, products, and details of financing

business cycle: A cycle or series of cycles of economic expansion and contraction

business end: The functional part of a tool, device, or weapon

business studies: The study of economics and management, esp. as an educational topic

Related languages

business is also a word in: Czech, Dutch, Chinese (Simplified Han), Chinese (Traditional Han), Spanish, German, Italian, Russian