Business: Encyclopædia Britannica and Business Essay

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noun
1.
an occupation, profession, or trade: His business is poultry farming.

2. the purchase and sale of goods in an attempt to make a profit.

3. a person, partnership, or corporation engaged in commerce, manufacturing, or a service; profit-seeking enterprise or concern.

4. volume of trade; patronage: Most of the store's business comes from local families.

5. a building or site where commercial work is carried on, as a factory, store, or office; place of work: His business is on the corner of Broadway and Elm Street.

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adjective
12.
of, noting, or pertaining to business, its organization, or its procedures.

13. containing, suitable for, or welcoming business or commerce: New York is a good business town.
Idioms
14. business is business, profit has precedence over personal considerations: He is reluctant to fire his friend, but business is business.

15. do one's business, (usually of an animal or child) to defecate or urinate: housebreaking a puppy to do his business outdoors.

16. get down to business, to apply oneself to serious matters; concentrate on work: They finally got down to business and signed the contract.

17. give someone the business, Informal.
a.
to make difficulties for someone; treat harshly: Instead of a straight answer they give him the business with a needless run-around.

b. to scold severely; give a tongue-lashing to: The passengers will give the bus driver the business if he keeps driving so recklessly.

18. have no business, to have no right: You have no business coming into this house.

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Origin: before 950; Middle English; Old English bisignes. See busy, -ness

Related forms an·ti·busi·ness, adjective

in·ter·busi·ness, adjective

mul·ti·busi·ness, adjective

non·busi·ness, adjective

o·ver·bus·i·ness, noun

Synonyms
1. calling, vocation, employment. See occupation. 2. commerce, trade, traffic. 3. company, firm.

Pronunciation note
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business (ˈbɪznɪs)

— n

1.

a trade or profession

2.

an industrial, commercial, or professional operation; purchase and sale of goods and services: the tailoring business

3.

a commercial or industrial establishment, such as a firm or factory

4.

commercial activity; dealings (esp in the phrase do business )

5.

volume or quantity of commercial activity: business is poor today

6.

commercial policy or procedure: overcharging is bad business

7.

proper or rightful concern or responsibility (often in the phrase mind one's own business )

8.

a special task; assignment

9.

a matter or matters to be attended to: the business of the meeting

10.

an affair; matter: a queer business ; I'm tired of the whole business

11.

serious work or activity: get down to business

12.

a complicated affair; rigmarole

13.

informal a vaguely defined collection or area: jets, fast cars, and all that business

14.

theatre Also called: stage business an incidental action, such as lighting a pipe, performed by an actor for dramatic effect

15.

a group of ferrets

16.

euphemistic defecation (esp in the phrase do one's business )

17.

slang prostitution

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