Definitions for businessˈbɪz nɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

busi•nessˈbɪz nɪs(n.)

  1. an occupation, profession, or trade.

    Category: Business

  2. the purchase and sale of goods in an attempt to make a profit.

    Category: Business

  3. a person, partnership, or corporation engaged in commerce, manufacturing, or a service.

    Category: Business

  4. volume of trade; patronage or custom.

    Category: Business

  5. a store, office, factory, etc., where commerce is carried on.

    Category: Business

  6. that with which a person is principally and seriously concerned:

    Words are a writer's business.

  7. something with which a person is rightfully concerned:

    Their decision is none of my business.

  8. affair; project:

    fed up with the whole business.

  9. the business, harsh or duplicitous treatment. a severe scolding:

    to give someone the business.

  10. Category: Showbiz

    Ref: Also called stage business.

  11. excrement: used as a euphemism.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. (adj.)of or pertaining to business or its procedures.

  13. suitable for or conducive to doing business.

Idioms for business:

  1. get down to business,to apply oneself to serious matters; concentrate on work.

    Category: Idiom

  2. mean business,to be in earnest; be entirely serious.

    Category: Idiom

  3. mind one's own business,to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of business:

bef. 950; ME; OE bisignes. See busy , -ness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. business, concern, business concern, business organization, business organisation(noun)

    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"

  2. commercial enterprise, business enterprise, business(noun)

    the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

    "computers are now widely used in business"

  3. occupation, business, job, line of work, line(noun)

    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

    "he's not in my line of business"

  4. business(noun)

    a rightful concern or responsibility

    "it's none of your business"; "mind your own business"

  5. business(noun)

    an immediate objective

    "gossip was the main business of the evening"

  6. business(noun)

    the volume of commercial activity

    "business is good today"; "show me where the business was today"

  7. business, business sector(noun)

    business concerns collectively

    "Government and business could not agree"

  8. clientele, patronage, business(noun)

    customers collectively

    "they have an upper class clientele"

  9. business, stage business, byplay(noun)

    incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect

    "his business with the cane was hilarious"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. business(noun)ˈbɪz nɪs

    buying and selling goods or services; = trade

    the construction business; We do a lot of business with China.; The company has been in business since 1988.

  2. businessˈbɪz nɪs

    to close a business

    They went out of business during the recession.

  3. businessˈbɪz nɪs

    an organization that buys and sells goods or services

    small businesses; a dry-cleaning business

  4. businessˈbɪz nɪs

    a matter or situation

    the nasty business of firing staff

  5. businessˈbɪz nɪs

    a private matter

    The amount of money I make is my business.


  1. business(Noun)

    A specific commercial enterprise or establishment.

    I was left my father's business.

  2. business(Noun)

    A person's occupation, work, or trade.

  3. business(Noun)

    Commercial, industrial, or professional activity.

  4. business(Noun)

    The volume or amount of commercial trade.

  5. business(Noun)

    One's dealings; patronage.

    I shall take my business elsewhere.

  6. business(Noun)

    Private commercial interests taken collectively.

    This proposal will satisfy both business and labor.

  7. business(Noun)

    The management of commercial enterprises, or the study of such management.

    I studied business at Harvard.

  8. business(Noun)

    A particular situation or activity.

    This UFO stuff is a mighty strange business.

  9. business(Noun)

    An objective or a matter needing to be dealt with.

  10. business(Noun)

    Something involving one personally.

    That's none of your business.

  11. business(Noun)

    Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action.

    If that concludes the announcements, we'll move on to new business.

  12. business(Noun)

    Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first class and coach.

  13. business(Noun)

    Action carried out with a prop or piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.

  14. business(Noun)

    The collective noun for a group of ferrets.

  15. business(Noun)

    Something very good; top quality. (possibly from "the bee's knees")

    These new phones are the business!

  16. business(Noun)

    Excrement, particularly that of a non-human animal.

  17. business(Adjective)

    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."

  18. business(Adjective)

    Professional, businesslike, having concern for good business practice.

  19. business(Adjective)

    Supporting business, conducive to the conduct of business.

  20. Origin: From busines, bisynes, from bisignes, equivalent to . Compare also busyness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Business(noun)

    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

  2. Business(noun)

    any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession

  3. Business(noun)

    financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions

  4. Business(noun)

    that which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission

  5. Business(noun)

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

  6. Business(noun)

    the position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by the stage manager in rehearsal

  7. Business(noun)

    care; anxiety; diligence


  1. Business

    Business contains types related to business such as 'Company', 'Industry' and 'Retail Location'. Note, this category doesn't include types specific to Finance (stock exchange and currency) Still to do: populate example company types capture more companies

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. business

    Looking a payroll in the eye and kiting checks. 2. A method of reducing a landlady to her lowest terms.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'business' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #229

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'business' in Written Corpus Frequency: #412

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'business' in Nouns Frequency: #41

Translations for business

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


occupation; buying and selling

Selling china is my business; The shop does more business at Christmas than at any other time.

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