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busi·ness  (bzns)
a. The occupation, work, or trade in which a person is engaged: the wholesale food business.
b. A specific occupation or pursuit: the best designer in the business.
2. Commercial, industrial, or professional dealings: new systems now being used in business.
3. A commercial enterprise or establishment: bought his uncles business.
4. Volume or amount of commercial trade: Business had fallen off.
5. Commercial dealings; patronage: took her business to a trustworthy salesperson.
a. Ones rightful or proper concern or interest: The business of America is business (Calvin Coolidge).
b. Something involving one personally: Its none of my business.
7. Serious work or endeavor: got right down to business.
8. An affair or matter: We will proceed no further in this business (Shakespeare).
9. An incidental action performed by an actor on the stage to fill a pause between lines or to provide interesting detail.
10. Informal Verbal abuse; scolding: gave me the business for being late.
11. Obsolete The condition of being busy.

[Middle English businesse, from bisi, busy; see busy.]
Synonyms: business, industry, commerce, trade, traffic
These nouns apply to forms of activity that have the objective of supplying commodities. Business pertains broadly to commercial, financial, and industrial activity: decided to go into the oil business.
Industry entails the production and manufacture of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale: the computer industry.
Commerce and trade refer to the exchange and distribution of goods or commodities: laws regulating interstate commerce; involved in the domestic fur trade.
Traffic pertains in particular to businesses engaged in the transportation of goods or passengers: renovated the docks to attract shipping traffic.
The word may also suggest illegal trade: discovered a brisk traffic in stolen goods. See Also Synonyms at affair.

business  /bzns/  n. -es 1 [U] activities of people buying and selling goods and services: Business is good in todays economy. 2 [C] an organization of people, buildings, and products or services, a commercial enterprise: The businesses on Main Street include a supermarket, a candy store, and a dry cleaners. 3 [C;U] a type of work, an occupation: She is in the furniture (real estate, fashion, etc.) business. 4 sing. activities necessary for daily living, such as shopping, eating, working, and paying bills: People attend to (or) go about the business of daily living. 5 [U] the amount of money coming into a business: Our business is increasing (going down, etc.). 6 [U] ones own interest or responsibility, a duty: It is the parents business to care for their children. 7 [U] matter, event: That murder last month was a strange business. 8 funny or monkey business: s.t. illegal or dishonest: That house has strange people coming and going; I think there is funny business there. 9 to get down to business: to start talking about business: After talking about the weather, we got down to business about the contract details. 10 to mean business: to be serious, to be earnest: They really mean business. If you dont pay them by next week, theyre going to take you to court. 11 to mind ones own business: not to interfere in the lives of others: You mind your own business and stay out of mine! 12 no business: no right (to do s.t.): You have no business reading my mail! 13 none of your business: not of concern to you 14 to take care of business: to discuss business before pleasure: We met at his office to take care of business, then went for a pleasant lunch.

Thesaurus: business 1 commerce, trade, industry. Ants. inactivity, unemployment. 2 big business,small business, e-business | private sector, public sector | company, store, factory, office 3 job, line of work, career | calling (clergy, teaching) 4 tasks, duties, chores 5 sales volume 6 affair, concern, obligation 7 affair. business

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