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 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"


  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

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.

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

How to pronounce business?

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How to say business in sign language?

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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. Glen Buckley:

    It's a tough business.

  2. Ye Htut:

    It's big, big business.

  3. Van Assche:

    My business was decimated.

  4. Uhuru Kenyatta:

    Africa is open for business.

  5. Avipsa Mahapatra:

    It makes good business sense.

Images & Illustrations of business

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Translations for 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
  • 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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