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business - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'business' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Business [ n.]
- 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.
- Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession.
- Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions.
- That which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission.
- Affair; concern; matter; -- used in an indefinite sense, and modified by the connected words.
- The position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by the stage manager in rehearsal.
- Care; anxiety; diligence.

Meaning of 'business' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . business [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
Example in sentence:
  • a racially integrated business concern;
  • a small mom-and-pop business;
  • he bought his brother's business
Meaning (2):
- the volume of commercial activity
Example in sentence:
  • business is good today;
  • show me where the business was today
Meaning (3):
- the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
Example in sentence:
  • computers are now widely used in business
Meaning (4):
- an immediate objective
Example in sentence:
  • gossip was the main business of the evening
Meaning (5):
- business concerns collectively
Example in sentence:
  • Government and business could not agree
Meaning (6):
- the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
Example in sentence:
  • he's not in my line of business
Meaning (7):
- incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
Example in sentence:
  • his business with the cane was hilarious
Meaning (8):
- a rightful concern or responsibility
Example in sentence:
  • it's none of your business;
  • mind your own business
Meaning (9):
- customers collectively
Example in sentence:
  • they have an upper class clientele