What does business mean?

Definitions for business
ˈbɪz nɪsbusi·ness

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word business.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. business, concern, business concern, business organization, business organisationnoun

    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, businessnoun

    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, linenoun

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

    "he's not in my line of business"

  4. businessnoun

    a rightful concern or responsibility

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

  5. businessnoun

    an immediate objective

    "gossip was the main business of the evening"

  6. businessnoun

    the volume of commercial activity

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

  7. business, business sectornoun

    business concerns collectively

    "Government and business could not agree"

  8. clientele, patronage, businessnoun

    customers collectively

    "they have an upper class clientele"

  9. business, stage business, byplaynoun

    incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect

    "his business with the cane was hilarious"


  1. businessnoun

    A specific commercial enterprise or establishment.

    I was left my father's business.

  2. businessnoun

    A person's occupation, work, or trade.

  3. businessnoun

    Commercial, industrial, or professional activity.

  4. businessnoun

    The volume or amount of commercial trade.

  5. businessnoun

    One's dealings; patronage.

    I shall take my business elsewhere.

  6. businessnoun

    Private commercial interests taken collectively.

    This proposal will satisfy both business and labor.

  7. businessnoun

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

    I studied business at Harvard.

  8. businessnoun

    A particular situation or activity.

    This UFO stuff is a mighty strange business.

  9. businessnoun

    An objective or a matter needing to be dealt with.

  10. businessnoun

    Something involving one personally.

    That's none of your business.

  11. businessnoun

    Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action.

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

  12. businessnoun

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

  13. businessnoun

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

  14. businessnoun

    The collective noun for a group of ferrets.

  15. businessnoun

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

    These new phones are the business!

  16. businessnoun

    Excrement, particularly that of a non-human animal.

  17. businessadjective

    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. businessadjective

    Professional, businesslike, having concern for good business practice.

  19. businessadjective

    Supporting business, conducive to the conduct of business.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Businessnoun

    Etymology: from busy.

    Must business thee from hence remove?
    Oh! that’s the worst disease of love. John Donne.

    Your needful counsel to our businesses,
    Which crave the instant use. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    You are so much the business of our souls, that while you are in sight, we can neither look nor think on any else; there are no eyes for other beauties. Dryden.

    The great business of the senses, being to take notice of what hurts or advantages the body. John Locke.

    I never knew one, who made it his business to lash the faults of other writers, that was not guilty of greater himself. Addis.

    He had business enough upon his hands, and was only a poet by accident. Matthew Prior, Preface.

    When diversion is made the business and study of life, though the actions chosen be in themselves innocent, the excess will render them criminal. John Rogers.

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

    Fitness to govern, is a perplexed business; some men, some nations, excel in the one ability, some in the other. Francis Bacon.

    They were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any one. Judges, xviii. 7.

    To those people that dwell under or near the equator, this spring would be most pestilent; as for those countries that are nearer the poles, in which number are our own, and the most considerable nations of the world, a perpetual spring will not do their business; they must have longer days, a nearer approach of the sun. Richard Bentley.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Businessnoun

    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. Businessnoun

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

  3. Businessnoun

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

  4. Businessnoun

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

  5. Businessnoun

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

  6. Businessnoun

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

  7. Businessnoun

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Business

    biz′nes, n. employment: engagment: trade, profession, or occupation: one's concerns or affairs: a matter or affair: (theat.) action as distinguished from dialogue.—adj. Bus′iness-like, methodical, systematic, practical.—Do the business for, to settle, make an end of: to ruin.—Genteel business (theat.), such parts as require good dressing.—Make it one's business, to undertake to accomplish something or see it done; Mean business, to be in earnest; Mind one's own business, to confine one's self to one's own affairs.—Send about one's business, to dismiss promptly.

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. business

    A group of united people who work together with a perfect, accurate, simple and specific budget, goals, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategies, structures, systems, treaties, vision, identical equal pay, sense of solidarity and cohesion. This group employs a moderate amount of employees. All profit earned is used to reinvest in the business where just and fair or contribute to the teams chosen local, regional, national, european or international SDG.

    The business is easy, simple, united and focused on the shared vision.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 7, 2020  

  2. business

    The activity of providing commodities, goods, products or services.

    To run your own business is a real gift that many chose to do as it gives them the freedom to create according to their sense of ethics and morals.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of business in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of business in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of business in a Sentence

  1. Commissioner Roger Goodell:

    As you know, the effects of the tax exempt status of the league office have been mischaracterized repeatedly in recent years, the fact is that the business of the NFL has never been tax exempt.

  2. Sherrod Brown:

    If The Fed wants Wells to focus on community lending, and if Wells is truly committed to its communities and customers, the bank could instead have given up other risky lines of business in order to serve small businesses.

  3. Harold Geneen:

    It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one.

  4. Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia:

    When you should go back to business is when you have some true indicators over two weeks that show a deceleration of the pandemic, we need more testing. We need more data, and then we can decide how we go back into business.

  5. Pieter Nota:

    We are in a unique position to use our experience from our professional healthcare business for our personal healthcare business.

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  • عمل, رعاية, مشروع, تجارةArabic
  • negociCatalan, Valencian
  • byznys, podnik, obchod, záležitost, věcCzech
  • forretning, brancheDanish
  • Unternehmen, Geschäft, AngelegenheitGerman
  • επιχείρησηGreek
  • entrepreno, komerco, establoEsperanto
  • negocio, asunto, empresaSpanish
  • äriEstonian
  • بنگاه تجاری, کار, پیشه, تجارتخانهPersian
  • ala, asia, elinkeinoelämä, yritystoiminta, liiketoiminta, yritykset, juttu, asiat, kauppa, yritys, ammatti, liikkeenjohto, liike, bisnes, asiakkuus, työ, tehtävä, lauma, liikevaihtoFinnish
  • entreprise, affaireFrench
  • עסק, עסקיםHebrew
  • व्यापारHindi
  • ügy, üzletHungarian
  • affaires, negotiosInterlingua
  • aziendaItalian
  • עסקיםHebrew
  • 企業, 業務, ビジネス, 商売, 景気, 事業Japanese
  • ವ್ಯವಹಾರKannada
  • 기업, 업무, 企業, 사업, 事業Korean
  • жанжал, ишмердүүлүк, ишкана, иш, амал, промысел, соода-сатык, ишкердүүлүк, профессия, окуя, чарбачылык, бизнес, соода, скандал, өнөр жай, ишкердик, компания, чарба, кесип, чатак, жумуш, фирма, аракетKyrgyz
  • negotiumLatin
  • verslasLithuanian
  • nodarbošanās, uzņēmums, biznessLatvian
  • kanonkanona, talidy, raharaha, tadidyMalagasy
  • pakihiMāori
  • занимање, дејност, работа, прометMacedonian
  • negozju, negozjanta, negozjantMaltese
  • vak, bedrijf, zakenleven, zaak, businessclass, klandizie, onderneming, zakenDutch
  • forretningNorwegian
  • zajęcie, biznes, sprawaPolish
  • negócio, trabalho, ramoPortuguese
  • afacere, întreprindereRomanian
  • занятие, работа, дело, бизнес, предприятиеRussian
  • firma, poduzećeSerbo-Croatian
  • biasharaSwahili
  • వ్యాపారముTelugu
  • กงกางThai
  • negosyoTagalog
  • Turkish
  • kinh doanhVietnamese
  • 商業Chinese

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    the official who holds an office
    • A. contagious
    • B. soft-witted
    • C. incumbent
    • D. foreordained

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