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
Synonyms: business_enterprise commercial_enterprise

"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
Synonyms: business_sector

"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"
Related terms: concern
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
Synonyms: mercantile

"the mercantile North was forging ahead"- Van Wyck Brooks

Related terms: commercial
9. [ noun ] (theater) incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
Synonyms: byplay stage_business

"his business with the cane was hilarious"

Related terms: acting schtick
10. [ noun ] customers collectively
Synonyms: clientele patronage

"they have an upper class clientele"

Related terms: people patronize
Similar spelling:   businessmen