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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The new data emphasis is changing the CIO focus at some companies from big business applications to the data layer, said Anil Chakravarthy, chief executive of data management firm Informatica. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Center of Excellence Readies Bank for AI’s Data Demands," 22 Apr. 2019 Vermont Hemp is big business here, and CBD stores are located throughout the state. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 The strong words from the FDA and ACOG have not dimmed the appeal, or the big business, of these treatments. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is on the Rise, But the Results Often Don't Live Up to the Hype," 27 Mar. 2019 There’s a difference but big business doesn’t think there’s a difference. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Ethan Hawke says 'Logan' isn't a 'great movie': 'It’s a great superhero movie"," 27 Aug. 2018 If the movement ends once big businesses can cash in on health and beauty products, marketed with dubious claims that cast CBD as a panacea, then the movement has failed. Amber Senter, Marie Claire, "We Have to Acknowledge That CBD Use Is a Privilege," 11 Apr. 2019 Like all good films, Halston transcends its nominal subject; the designer’s story is also that of big business versus creatives. Vogue, "Watch an Exclusive Clip of Halston Before Its Sundance Premiere—And Read What the Director and Producer Say About Its Making," 23 Jan. 2019 In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Republican Party was the party of big business and the more prosperous segments of the population. John Steele Gordon,, "When the GOP fought against monopolies," 14 June 2018 Trump’s appointees have not been known to buck regulatory tradition in ways that limit the power of big business. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Court Approves AT&T’s Merger With Time Warner," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of big business

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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