big business


Definition of big business 

1 : an economic group consisting of large profit-making corporations especially with regard to their influence on social or political policy

2 : a very profitable enterprise

Examples of big business in a Sentence

The tax proposal will be of most benefit to big business. Tourism is big business in the region.

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Silicon Valley is known for its cutthroat big business. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Solo Engineer Challenged a Waymo Self-Driving Patent—And Won," 3 Oct. 2018 And to the left, fashion designer Thom Browne and partner Andrew Bolton are holding court at a dinner celebrating a big business win. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 Buddy Valastro has turned cake baking into big business. Shay Spence,, "Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Reveals How He Lost 35 Lbs.: 'I Feel So Much Better Now'," 2 July 2018 The leaders of Intel’s biggest business groups, Skaugen and Bryant, also left to work for Intel customers during Krzanich’s tenure., "Intel CEO Krzanich resigns after relationship with employee," 21 June 2018 Still, the measure faces political challenges from Portland's biggest business group and Mayor Ted Wheeler. Gordon R. Friedman,, "With judge's ruling, Portland climate-related tax moves closer to ballot," 30 Apr. 2018 The company’s next step is to build dozens of homes in El Salvador, but the bigger business opportunity may lie closer to home. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Your Next Home Could Be 3D-Printed," 23 Apr. 2018 Cigarette smuggling is big business in the Ukraine, estimated at $2 billion annually. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What’s With This Weird Drone Stuck in a Ukrainian Tree?," 6 Sep. 2018 Catering to the visa needs of would-be wealthy émigrés is big business in China. The Economist, "Citizens of the worldWhy many rich Chinese don’t live in China," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of big business

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of big business was in 1905

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English Language Learners Definition of big business

: large companies considered together as a powerful group

: an activity or product that makes a large amount of money

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