Business meaning

bĭznĭs
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The definition of business is an occupation or trade and the purchase and sale of products or services to make a profit.

An example of business is farming.

An example of business is a house sale.

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The activity of buying and selling commodities, products, or services.

New systems now being used in business.

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The buying and selling of commodities and services; commerce; trade.
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The amount or volume of this activity.

Business was off all day.

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(informal) Strong verbal criticism; scolding.

Gave me the business for being late.

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One's work, occupation, or profession.
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(countable) A person's occupation, work, or trade.

He is in the motor business.

I'm going to Las Vegas on business.

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A matter, affair, activity, etc.

The business of packing for a trip.

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Rightful concern or responsibility.
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An incidental action performed by an actor on the stage to fill a pause between lines or to provide interesting detail.
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A special task, duty, or function.
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A commercial or industrial establishment; store, factory, etc.
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The trade or patronage of customers.
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Of or for business.
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(obsolete) The condition of being busy.
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Designating or of premium or just-below premium accommodations, as on an aircraft.
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An organized entity whose purpose is to sell services or goods to customers in order to earn a profit for the owners.
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(bridge) Designating a double intended to penalize one's opponents.
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(uncountable) The volume or amount of commercial trade.

Business has been slow lately.

They did nearly a million dollars of business over the long weekend.

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Commercial dealings; patronage.

Took her business to a trustworthy salesperson.

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Serious work or endeavor.

Got right down to business.

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(uncountable) One's dealings; patronage.

I shall take my business elsewhere.

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Supporting business, conducive to the conduct of business.
adjective
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(countable) A specific commercial enterprise or establishment.

I was left my father's business.

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(uncountable) Commercial, industrial, or professional activity.

He's such a poor cook, I can't believe he's still in business!

We do business all over the world.

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A bit of action in a drama, as pouring a drink, intended to establish character, take up a pause in dialogue, etc.
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(countable) An objective or a matter needing to be dealt with.

Our principal business here is to get drunk.

Let's get down to business.

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(uncountable) Something involving one personally.

That's none of your business.

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(uncountable) Private commercial interests taken collectively.

This proposal will satisfy both business and labor.

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(uncountable) The management of commercial enterprises, or the study of such management.

I studied business at Harvard.

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(travel, uncountable) Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first class and coach.
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(acting) Action carried out with a prop or piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.
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(slang, uncountable) Excrement, particularly that of a non-human animal.

Your ferret left his business all over the floor.

As the cart went by, its horse lifted its tail and did its business.

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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."

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Professional, businesslike, having concern for good business practice.
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(countable) A particular situation or activity.

This UFO stuff is a mighty strange business.

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

These new phones are the business!

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(informal) Urination or defecation.

The dog did its business on the lawn.

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A commercial enterprise or establishment.

Bought his uncle's construction business.

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(uncountable, parliamentary procedure) Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action.

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

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(countable, rare) The collective noun for a group of ferrets.
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Commercial practice or policy.
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An affair or matter.
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do business with
  • to engage in commerce with
  • to have dealings with
idiom
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do one's (or its) business
  • to defecate
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give (or get) the business
  • to subject (or be subjected) to rough treatment, practical joking, etc.
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like nobody's business
  • to a very high degree; with great energy, intensity, etc.
idiom
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mean business
  • to be in earnest
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

do business with
do one's (<i>or</i> its) business
give (<i>or</i> get) the business

Origin of business

  • Middle English businesse from bisi busy busy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English busines, bisynes, from Old English bisiġnes (“business, busyness”), equivalent to busy +‎ -ness. Compare also busyness.

    From Wiktionary