|1.||[ noun ] (business) a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it|
|Synonyms:||business_concern concern business_organization business_organisation|
"he bought his brother's business" "a small mom-and-pop business" "a racially integrated business concern"
|Related terms:||enterprise corporation firm manufacturer agency partnership processor carrier chain conglomerate underperformer franchise brokerage shipbuilder division shipping_room commercial_enterprise|
|2.||[ noun ] (business) the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects|
"computers are now widely used in business"
|Related terms:||commerce industry construction field advertising transportation finance agribusiness cooperative discount_business storage packaging printing venture publication tourism butchery employee-owned_enterprise fishing real-estate_business market business_activity film administration establishment gambling_house stagnation dull business_people copartner bankroll capitalist shrewdness privatize tangible intangible operation player hostile overcapitalization|
|3.||[ noun ] (business) business concerns collectively|
"Government and business could not agree"
|Related terms:||sector big_business incorporate commercial_enterprise|
|4.||[ noun ] (business) the volume of business activity|
: "business is good today" "show me where the business was today"
|Related terms:||business_activity trade land-office_business commercial_enterprise|
|5.||[ noun ] a rightful concern or responsibility; used in such phrases as "it's none of your business" or "mind your own business"|
|6.||[ noun ] the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money|
|Synonyms:||job occupation line line_of_work|
"he's not in my line of business"
|Related terms:||activity job trade career position sport profession game accountancy treadmill farming metier catering photography appointment absorb|
|7.||[ noun ] an immediate objective|
"gossip was the main business of the evening"
|Related terms:||aim occasions|
|8.||[ adjective ] (business) of or relating to or characteristic of trade or traders|
"the mercantile North was forging ahead"- Van Wyck Brooks
|9.||[ noun ] (theater) incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect|
"his business with the cane was hilarious"
|Related terms:||acting schtick|
|10.||[ noun ] customers collectively|
"they have an upper class clientele"
|Related terms:||people patronize|