business

31 ENTRIES FOUND:

busi·ness

noun, often attributive \ˈbiz-nəs, -nəz, Southern also ˈbid-\

: the activity of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services in exchange for money

: work that is part of a job

: the amount of activity that is done by a store, company, factory, etc.

Full Definition of BUSINESS

1
archaic :  purposeful activity :  busyness
2
a :  role, function <how the human mind went about its business of learning — H. A. Overstreet>
b :  an immediate task or objective :  mission <what is your business here>
c :  a particular field of endeavor <the best in the business>
3
a :  a usually commercial or mercantile activity engaged in as a means of livelihood :  trade, line <in the restaurant business>
b :  a commercial or sometimes an industrial enterprise; also :  such enterprises <the business district>
c :  dealings or transactions especially of an economic nature :  patronage <took their business elsewhere>
4
:  affair, matter <the whole business got out of hand> <business as usual>
6
:  movement or action (as lighting a cigarette) by an actor intended especially to establish atmosphere, reveal character, or explain a situation —called also stage business
7
a :  personal concern <none of your business>
b :  right <you have no business speaking to me that way>
8
a :  serious activity requiring time and effort and usually the avoidance of distractions <got down to business>
b :  maximum effort
9
a :  a damaging assault
b :  rebuke, tongue-lashing
c :  double cross
10
:  a bowel movement —used especially of pets

Examples of BUSINESS

  1. The store has lost a significant amount of business since the factory closed.
  2. She works in the publishing business.
  3. David has decided to go into business with his brother.
  4. Their publishing company is the best in the business.
  5. I have to go to New York City on business next week.
  6. They advertised to increase business.
  7. He has the skills necessary to run a business.
  8. The town is trying to attract new businesses.
  9. Do we have any other business we need to discuss?
  10. No, I didn't ask him what he wanted the car for. That's his business.
  11. Forever Odd is a direct sequel to 2003's Odd Thomas, the book in which we were introduced to the title character, a young man who can see the dead. They can't talk to him, but they can nudge him in the direction they want, which is usually to help them tidy up some unfinished business from when they were alive. —Charles De Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 2006

Origin of BUSINESS

Middle English bisynesse, from bisy busy + -nesse -ness
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of BUSINESS

business, commerce, trade, industry, traffic mean activity concerned with the supplying and distribution of commodities. business may be an inclusive term but specifically designates the activities of those engaged in the purchase or sale of commodities or in related financial transactions. commerce and trade imply the exchange and transportation of commodities. industry applies to the producing of commodities, especially by manufacturing or processing, usually on a large scale. traffic applies to the operation and functioning of public carriers of goods and persons.

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

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