Definitions for: Business


[n] incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious"
[n] the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"
[n] the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
[n] the volume of business activity; "business is good today"; "show me where the business was today"
[n] a rightful concern or responsibility; used in such phrases as"it's none of your business" or"mind your own business"
[n] an immediate objective; "gossip was the main business of the evening"
[n] business concerns collectively; "Government and business could not agree"
[n] a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; "he bought his brother's business"; "a small mom-and-pop business"; "a racially integrated business concern"
[n] customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele"



Webster (1913) Definition: Busi"ness, n.; pl. Businesses. [From Busy.]
1. That which busies one, or that which engages the time,
attention, or labor of any one, as his principal concern
or interest, whether for a longer or shorter time;
constant employment; regular occupation; as, the business
of life; business before pleasure.

Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's
business? --Luke ii. 49.

2. Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for
livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a
profession. ``The business of instruction.'' --Prescott.

3. Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in
general; mercantile transactions.

It seldom happens that men of a studious turn
acquire any degree of reputation for their knowledge
of business. --Bp. Popteus.

4. That which one has to do or should do; special service,
duty, or mission.

The daughter of the King of France, On serious
business, craving quick despatch, Importunes
personal conference. --Shak.

What business has the tortoise among the clouds?
--L'Estrange.

5. Affair; concern; matter; -- used in an indefinite sense,
and modified by the connected words.

It was a gentle business, and becoming The action of
good women. --Shak.

Bestow Your needful counsel to our business. --Shak.

6. (Drama) The position, distribution, and order of persons
and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by
the stage manager in rehearsal.

7. Care; anxiety; diligence. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

To do one's business, to ruin one. [Colloq.] --Wycherley.

To make (a thing) one's business, to occupy one's self with
a thing as a special charge or duty. [Colloq.]

To mean business, to be earnest. [Colloq.]

Syn: Affairs; concern; transaction; matter; engagement;
employment; calling; occupation; trade; profession;
vocation; office; duty.

Synonyms: business concern, business enterprise, business organisation, business organization, business sector, byplay, clientele, commercial enterprise, concern, job, line, line of work, occupation, patronage, stage business

See Also: accountancy, accounting, acting, activity, advertising, agency, agribusiness, agriculture, aim, appointment, berth, biz, brokerage, building, business activity, business firm, butchering, butchery, calling, career, carrier, catering, chain, commerce, commercial activity, commercialism, common carrier, concern, construction, co-op, cooperative, corp, corporation, craft, dealership, discount business, division, employee-owned business, employee-owned enterprise, employment, enterprise, farming, field, field of operation, finance, firm, fishing, franchise, game, headache, house, industry, land, land-office business, line of business, maker, manufacture, manufacturer, manufacturing business, market, marketplace, medium, mercantilism, metier, object, objective, occasions, office, packaging, partnership, patronage, people, performing, photography, place, playacting, playing, position, post, printing, processor, profession, publication, publicizing, publishing, real-estate business, salt mine, sector, shipbuilder, shipping, situation, sport, spot, storage, target, tourism, touristry, trade, transport, transportation, treadmill, underperformer, venture, vexation, vocation, work, worry

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