Definition of 'business'


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1. acting Action carried out with a prop or piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.

2. countable An objective or a matter needing to be dealt with.

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

4. countable A person's occupation, work, or trade.

5. countable, rare The collective for a group of ferrets.

6. countable A specific commercial enterprise or establishment.

7. uncountable Something involving one personally.

8. uncountable Private commercial interests taken collectively.

9. uncountable Commercial, industrial, or professional activity.

10. uncountable One's dealings; patronage.

11. uncountable The volume or amount of commercial trade.

12. travel, uncountable Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first class and coach.

13. countable A particular situation or activity.

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

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

16. An affair or matter.

17. The variety of this activity in which a person is engaged.

18. Serious work or endeavor.

19. An incidental action performed by an actor on the stage to fill a pause between lines or to provide interesting detail.

20. The amount or volume of this activity.

21. A commercial enterprise or establishment.

22. Informal Urination or defecation.

23. Something involving one personally.

24. Obsolete The condition of being busy.

25. A specific occupation or pursuit.

26. One's rightful or proper concern or interest.

27. Commercial dealings; patronage.

28. Informal Strong verbal criticism; scolding.

29. [Colloq.] to be earnest.

30. [Colloq.] to ruin one.

31. obsolete Care; anxiety; diligence.

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

33. Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession.

34. [Colloq.] to occupy one's self with a thing as a special charge or duty.

35. 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.

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

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

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

39. Affair; point; matter.

40. Theat., such preconcerted movements and actions on the stage as going up, crossing over, taking a chair, poking a fire, toying with anything, etc., designed to fill up the action of the play or character, and heighten its effect.

41. Care; anxiety; solicitude; worry.

42. Concern; right of action or interposition: as, what business has a man with the disputes of others?

43. To ease one's self at stool.

44. Specifically Mercantile pursuits collectively; employments requiring knowledge of accounts and financial methods; the occupation of conducting trade or monetary transactions of any kind.

45. A matter or affair that engages a person's attention or requires his care; an affair receiving or requiring attention; specifically, that which busies or occupies one's time, attention, and labor as his chief concern; that which one does for a livelihood; occupation; employment: as, his business was that of a merchant; to carry on the business of agriculture.

46. That which is undertaken as a duty or of chief importance, or is set up as a principal purpose or aim.

47. The state of being busy or actively employed; diligence; pains.

48. Relating to, connected with, or engaged in business, traffic, trade, etc.: as, business habits; business hours; business men.


1. Resources should be targeted at programmes which businesses understand and use.

2. But the demand is there if you provide business services.

3. There are teachers or people running small businesses.

4. The full moon in your business chart makes this a great day to get deals signed.

5. We knew that we could bring them into the business earlier and work with them sooner.

6. To move forward as a business and be able to invest and buy better players.

7. The case has offered an insight into travails he faced running the family business and securing a successor.

8. They fly around like nobody 's business.

9. It tends to be moved as a result of business logic first, and then application logic.

10. He has said that he would give key jobs to military generals, business executives and possibly family members.

11. He is also backed by business angels and family investors.

12. You have no business without your people.

13. This is something people in business understand.

14. The alternative is to go out of business.

15. They also signalled that the business service sector had fared better than the official data suggested.

16. We have continued to make strong progress in key growth areas of our business.

17. He instilled the lesson that a business could make profits and also benefit society.

18. businesses will be able to track employees down to the hairdressers in the middle of the day.

19. business schools have offered modules in entrepreneurship for more than two decades.

20. Within six months the plans were in tatters as sales slumped and the business collapsed into administration.

21. Now the company is making a profit we invest most of it back into the business.

22. They run a sports business on a commercial basis and they understand it is all about winning.

23. This had a lot to do with his career in show business.

24. This enables me to understand how the business works and to work with it to access funding.

25. Was operation of the logistics chain really a core activity to most businesses?

26. Many small business owners now use them for work in the week and as a leisure vehicle at the weekend.

27. So if you look to business life in general, things are changing dramatically.

28. Perhaps his constituents will ensure that he business after next May?

29. The whole point is that the process is nobody 's business.

30. Follow the latest business news, comment and analysis on Twitter jilltreanor: Quite astonishing that the banks are not compelled to provide details of their own lending commitments under Project Merlin #business about 13 hours, 46 minutes ago jilltreanor: There is nothing in Project Merlin that appears to "force" banks to lend.

31. He started in again about business, without explaining exactly _what _business he was in.

32. I understand that companies that have losing business models often find it more profitable to invest outside of their business**, but GM seems to have found the only investment on the planet worse than their own stock.

33. The ­secrets of business, he said, were to be found in ­history, literature and the classic ruminations on life and existence, not in the half-baked ramblings of ­business academics, consultants and “gurus.”

34. Virgil Thomson wrote crushingly of "Porgy and Bess" that "it is clear, by now, that Gershwin hasn't learned the business of being a serious composer, which one has ­always gathered to be the ­business he wanted to learn," though Thomson spoke more kindly of him off the record.

35. While it is true that existing solutions are probably sufficient for the casual user (although we are still faster, more reliable and have bluetooth support) – when you need to use a mobile business card for * business*, you cannot, must not and will not use a solution that is unreliable across platforms, gimmicky or iPhone-only.

36. QUOTATION: We believe that there is one economic lesson which our twentieth century experience has demonstrated conclusively—that America can no more survive and grow without big business than it can survive and grow without small business…. the two are interdependent.

37. ‘He was in Japan, a guest of the Japanese consulate on business in his other profession as writer and journalist.’

38. ‘Ashraf regularly flew to Pakistan from Glasgow airport on business.’

39. ‘Zurich surveyed firms to see if they carry out risk assessments of employees before letting them drive on business.’

40. ‘The Prospective Group carried on business in promotion and market consultancy.’

41. ‘He was in Europe on business and, having read about the Silver Arrow on its website, was determined to compete.’

42. ‘We live in better houses, we enjoy better holiday accommodation and when we go away on business we get a better deal.’

43. ‘It claimed to offer free parking and transport to Manchester Airport for customers flying out on business or holidays.’

44. ‘Electors can appoint a proxy if they are unable to vote themselves, if they are out of the country on holiday or on business or in the armed forces.’

45. ‘McClung, who travels extensively on business, is eligible for major bonus points.’

46. ‘I was seven years old, and my father had been away on business for a month.’

47. ‘Stewart never voted for devolution - he was in Dubai on business at the time of the 1997 referendum.’

48. ‘When travelling away on business, always remember to pack a shaver.’

49. ‘All three learned well and were good to their mother when their father was away on business, which he often was.’

50. ‘Darlington's owner George Reynolds was unable to be contacted today as he was in Norway on business for the next few days.’

51. ‘When you stay in a hotel room on business and not on vacation, it's still a sort of like a vacation.’

52. ‘When travelling on business, always pack an extra change of clothes.’

53. ‘When I first flew to Manhattan on business I stayed in the New Yorker Hotel.’

54. ‘He told the jury that he had expected to travel north with his dad on business on that particular day in April last year.’

55. ‘For years, her mother travelled to London on business yet they rarely met up.’

56. ‘As for me, I'm probably going to have visit Kiev on business some time this year.’

57. ‘Her fortnight in the city passed quickly, a whirl of business and unavoidable social engagements.’

58. ‘Nor was this the only business in which Bevan engaged in the course of that year.’

59. ‘It will be up to him to engage in the smoke-and-mirror business of political negotiation at a European level in the next week.’

60. ‘All of an auctioneer's business requires the trust and goodwill of the public.’

61. ‘Agencies of the state, in the course of their business, are required to keep a running record of their areas of activity.’

62. ‘Brousse gave the impression of being a man in charge of his business.’

63. ‘It just seems to fly in the face of the way we do business as law enforcement officers.’

64. ‘The real answer is for the Government to protect the post offices' core business.’

65. ‘Investment trusts are companies whose business it is to make money from investments.’

66. ‘What the business Committee does is its business, but it is a relatively informal arrangement.’

67. ‘In my business the less you worry about making money the more likely you are to make it.’

68. ‘This should help to filter the heavy volumes when schools resume business in September.’

69. ‘I really do not think it is the business of retailers to have control over editorial content of magazines.’

70. ‘The liberal view was that religion was a private matter; it was not the business of the state to enforce a particular creed.’

71. ‘I know that his personal well-being is none of my business, but somehow it's hard not to worry about Harry.’

72. ‘It's none of our business to control what the NCC thinks or says about politics.’

73. ‘I did some other things that were on the list but those are none of your business.’

74. ‘To be told as you have been that it's none of your business is ridiculous.’

75. ‘Yes, but there is a whole bunch of people sitting at home saying it's none of my business.’

76. ‘It's none of your business what goes on in the bedrooms of consenting adults.’

77. ‘We, as a society, cannot afford to turn our heads and claim it is none of our business.’

78. ‘If he does not manage to get his work done by a certain time, it is his own incompetence and none of my business.’

79. ‘My colleagues laugh at you, and people walk past as if you're none of their business.’

80. ‘The location is a farm in deepest Pennsylvania, the season is summer and the year is none of your business.’

81. ‘I'm not an American and I'm not a Republican so in a way it is none of my business.’

82. ‘The police may be there to uphold the law, but our personal beliefs are none of their business.’

83. ‘One of he things we forget is that what people think of us is none of our business.’

84. ‘Internal church or other religious affairs are simply no business whatsoever of any government.’

85. ‘One of its aims is to help staff appreciate when problems they notice are private and none of their business or ours.’

86. ‘They all started to scold me for something which was totally none of their business.’

87. ‘Whatever was going to happen after they did their job was none of their business.’

88. ‘It's none of my business and if you ask me, stuff like that is meant to be secret.’

89. ‘He was about to tell him off, to tell him that what went on between him and Xavier was none of his business.’

90. ‘One of the ballet mothers has her nose in everyone's business no matter how personal it is.’

91. ‘This year however she returned to school late due to business she had to attend back home.’

92. ‘After giving up that business they attended a number of courses lasting from one to three days.’

93. ‘Balloonist Rick Walczak plans to attend to some unfinished business in the next few weeks.’

94. ‘We simply have more important business to attend to right now than nursing an old grudge.’

95. ‘This means I have to go out tomorrow to attend to my business, whether I like it or not.’

96. ‘Be that as it may, one can't help but wonder why Montserrat does not attend to its own business.’

97. ‘See, Graham is attending to some unfinished business, and helping some friends out at the same time.’

98. ‘The participants in the competition went about their business quite as a matter of fact.’

99. ‘For six months, he attended to farm business, only playing rugby for Scotland.’

100. ‘If you have no serious business to attend to the next day, i strongly advise you give this stuff a try.’

101. ‘Oh, may the workday pass quickly as there is serious business to attend to this evening.’

102. ‘Nor was it a case of being called away to attend to urgent state business in Brussels.’

103. ‘Calcavecchia has had unfinished business to attend to in the transatlantic challenge for some time.’

104. ‘Father had a little bit of business to attend to so I spent two nights at the inn.’

105. ‘Reluctantly, they did, leaving me to attend to some unfinished business.’

106. ‘She wrote a quick note saying she was sorry and that she had some business to attend to.’

107. ‘Mr Crausby blamed changes to the benefits payment system for the decline of day-to-day post office business.’

108. ‘It is also about the Post Office seeking to generate new business for itself.’

109. ‘On Monday he took his son to his first day at school, and so yesterday was delayed in an office elsewhere by leftover business.’

110. ‘We were then told we could use the post office for routine business.’

111. ‘Then there's Lord Haskin's task force, attempting to reduce the burden of regulation on business.’

112. ‘He believed it would have an adverse affect on business and trade in the community.’

113. ‘He believed it would have adverse effect on business and trade in the community.’

114. ‘So then what of the world of business, trade, professions, academia and research?’

115. ‘Promising to give prizes or bonuses on business trading without permit is subject to a penalty of up to one year.’

116. ‘We need to remove some of that regulation which is impacting on business.’

117. ‘It would appear that new legislation regarding the payment of accounts has had no real effect on business.’

118. ‘But he is not impressed by the track record of the Scottish parliament on business.’

119. ‘business representatives heard that demands on business have never been higher.’

120. ‘The Government wants to enhance the capability of polytechs to engage with business and industry.’

121. ‘He did not engage in any business activities outside of his employment duties with the defendant.’

122. ‘He cannot recall if the Trust was ever engaged in any business or ever lent money.’

123. ‘Warlords enjoy a situation of anarchy in which they can threaten the local population and engage in illegal business.’

124. ‘As a market trader I understand business and running the town would require a sense of business.’

125. ‘Over half the stock required repairs and business would be effected for weeks, Mr Nicholls said.’

126. ‘But such extra burdens hardly help business, which now needs to lobby for joined-up tax reform.’

127. ‘Narang's experience in managing business came in handy for his new assignment.’

128. ‘I am going to be away just for one day and it would have been nice to add on some social activity with the business.’

129. ‘He cites the response of business to environmental concerns over the past decade.’

130. ‘The Minister for Sport appears to be driven by business rather than sporting concerns.’

131. ‘Ahead of the opening of European markets traders were divided over the likely volume of business.’

132. ‘They are competing in terms of business but will join together when it will help to bring about benefits for retail across the board.’

133. ‘The bush telegraph has never made so much money; telecomms deregulation has no effect on volume business.’

134. ‘Getting higher volumes of business at lunchtime is another priority.’

135. ‘In business terms this club would bankrupt with them and O'Riordan at the helm.’

136. ‘If this is the normal volume of business, can this venture be viable?’

137. ‘According to several designers this has been one of the best fashion weeks in terms of business.’

138. ‘Insiders denied the Midland was losing business in the increasingly competitive luxury hotel market.’

139. ‘Although it may make good business in the short term it will ultimately cost in the long term.’

140. ‘The company hopes the deal will lead to new business in the medium term.’

141. ‘The carnage had a huge cost in terms of lost business, but it worked wonders for the bottom line.’

142. ‘In a desperate attempt to boost business, Scott commissions Hayley to create some rather snazzy pamphlets.’

143. ‘It seemed a daft idea and the film did indifferent business at the box office.’

144. ‘Both wore the aura of violent gang life and that meant good box office business.’

145. ‘Can you imagine automatically giving the Best Picture Oscar to the film that did the most business at the box office?’

146. ‘Liberal Democrat Andrew Waller said plans were in hand for York council to push more business to post offices.’

147. ‘It believes there are too many post offices for too little business.’

148. ‘What is particularly striking is the bounce in expectations concerning future business.’

149. ‘My concern is that business is now very slow and I would like to build it back up.’

150. ‘People were late for work, meetings were delayed, funerals were missed and business was affected.’

151. ‘New Labour prefers to give state money to private businesses to run public services.’

152. ‘A city is composed of units too, people and houses and businesses and all the rest.’

153. ‘Several rival operators have put their businesses on the market in the hope of cashing in.’

154. ‘He says it has made inroads into niche markets and scores highly on business banking, wealth management and mortgages.’

155. ‘Transitory relief on business rates bills hide the real cost in future years.’

156. ‘Now ATS employs more than 110 staff, of which about half are engaged in the retail business.’

157. ‘Like any other business the Post Office must move with the times and respond to customer pressures.’

158. ‘From that time he has managed and run his business from Hong Kong where his principal activity is in shipping.’

159. ‘In a surprise move Aberdeen will keep the tarnished Edinburgh brand alive in a bid to retain its investment trust business.’

160. ‘He was in charge of his family business, a mining company with no interest in politics.’

161. ‘The business he took charge of three decades ago was a small family-owned publisher of four local papers.’

162. ‘We would urge anyone seeking a loan to be wary of any business which requires an advance fee to be paid by money transfer to secure a loan.’

163. ‘As far as my dreams for our business are concerned, it's a case of what will be will be.’

164. ‘As far as our business is concerned, he said that the money he owes us will be paid by Christmas.’

165. ‘It is not a satisfactory way of proceeding as far as our business is concerned.’

166. ‘But business owners are more concerned about the time it takes just to keep up to date and comply with the new rules.’

167. ‘With conventional companies receivers attempt to preserve or sell the business as a going concern.’

168. ‘Training people to provide quality services costs, but that should be going on in any business as a matter of course.’

169. ‘A shop owner who does not attend could see his business shut down for days.’

170. ‘As a matter of course, business owners protect themselves against health problems and loss of income.’

171. ‘Ready access to a reliable source of food made the mission a valuable meeting place for traditional business.’

172. ‘He worked there for about twenty years except for short breaks to carry out tribal business.’

173. ‘We want the right to perform business and law of significance to our culture.’

174. ‘The transformation of ritual into commerce represents a movement of Aboriginal ''business'' into something else.’

175. ‘We are aboriginal women. We talk for our hunting business, ceremony business.’

176. ‘In a word, I have to invite the reader to come in backward upon the whole business.’

177. ‘She found the whole business of arguing backward and forward about the same detail utterly boring.’

178. ‘You see I'm no lawyer, but I happen to know that the business of court cases is a process.’

179. ‘The other good thing about the business is the advent of the WWE's DVD strength.’

180. ‘The first thing he does is explain that electronics is incidental to the business of computation.’

181. ‘They think we are inured to the whole business and, in any case, suffused with a boredom with the political process.’

182. ‘Older people especially are tempted to ignore the whole business and get on with a microchip-free life.’

183. ‘Of course, the business of extramarital affairs was pretty high on the list.’

184. ‘What happened to the business about his taking the Viscount's passports?’

185. ‘But the whole business has been more rushed, and they have the added pressure of fitting in a filming schedule.’

186. ‘I speak only for myself, but this particular responsible voter soon became disgusted with the whole business.’

187. ‘Very quickly it all began to get out of hand and we came to a group decision that it was time to knock the whole business on the head and take up some new enthusiasm.’

188. ‘Visitors to the Jorvik Centre take the whole business very seriously.’

189. ‘Fifa, however, is showing every sign of being somewhat less than neutral about the whole business.’

190. ‘And soon, the whole business of confession has become polluted with falsity and madness.’

191. ‘Evans will meet SFO detectives early next month in the hope that the whole business can be cleared up quickly.’

192. ‘After just a couple of days, Ashdown notes wearily, the whole business feels as if it has been dragging on for weeks.’

193. ‘Then I can contact the Environmental Health Unit who will consider how to handle the whole business.’

194. ‘Worse still, his acceptance speech demonstrated that he takes the whole business far too seriously.’

195. ‘Well, he could be right, but another scenario can be that many see the whole business as largely irrelevant.’

196. ‘It is true that prediction is a difficult business, especially when it involves the future.’

197. ‘Agreeing an interview venue with Stella Tennant should be a difficult business.’

198. ‘Then, as now, serving the Law and your conscience is a difficult business.’

199. ‘I saw it described once as the difficult business of telling stories to rich people and that's certainly one way of looking at it.’

200. ‘The normal-scientific testing of an advanced theory is a difficult business.’

201. ‘Analysing the current figures is a difficult business, not least because they are rising every day.’

202. ‘Which is a bit like discussing childbirth while skirting around the difficult business of mothers.’

203. ‘You could always depend on John to come up with a decent price for farmers in what was a difficult business.’

204. ‘Those are the things we have to worry about, and those are the things that make it such a difficult business.’

205. ‘These days it can be a difficult business getting a pay rise or a job promotion.’

206. ‘That is putting politics above the national interest and it's a rotten business no matter who does it.’

207. ‘Selecting reading matter for the bathroom is a delicate business.’

208. ‘The business of growing up may be difficult enough but even when it is over, life as a sports celebrity does not get any easier.’

209. ‘Aside from the matter of being dead, there is the messy business of dirty linen.’

210. ‘We sympathise with people who have difficulty finding tenants but speculative building is still a risky business.’

211. ‘I am persuaded that that company was chiefly concerned in this business.’

212. ‘There is, however, no cost implication where hyperbole is concerned in this business.’

213. ‘None of this business of taking them to court, the hell with that.’

214. ‘This business of the babies brought about some of Nain Ae's darkest days.’

215. ‘What these critics are missing is the stage business that occurs during the dialogue.’

216. ‘Moreover, it deliberately made use of the modern in its stage business.’

217. ‘Like Marmite, you either savour this daft stage business or you wish its energy was never let out of the jar.’

218. ‘When you are sending up a recognisable piece of comedy business, based on another film, is permission needed?’

219. ‘Thanks for being on time, in fact thanks for waiting for me as I was late - your valet parking service really is the business if you are in business!’

220. ‘Like we've said - our business Premier Class really is The business.’

221. ‘This one really is the business for anyone with an entrepreneurial notion, who wants a resource on all aspects of running a business.’

222. ‘This track really is the business.’

223. ‘These heavy duty mobile field shelters really are the business when it comes to housing your horse or pony.’

224. ‘It's a "business of ferrets", according to my coworker, and no comment on whether or not this is kind to businessmen.’

225. ‘There were currently two ferrets in Herbert's business.’

226. ‘He was on the Thames headed seaward in company with two ponies and a business of ferrets.’

227. ‘During that year he fed his business of ferrets exclusively on a diet of dead rats.’

228. ‘A vasectomized ferret gives the responsible ferret keeper the opportunity to maintain a busyness of ferrets without the unending production of kids.’

229. a racially integrated business concern

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