Busi·ness n.; pl. Businesses
1. 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.
Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? --Luke ii. 49.
2. Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession. “The business of instruction.”
3. Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions.
It seldom happens that men of a studious turn acquire any degree of reputation for their knowledge of business. --Bp. Popteus.
4. That which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission.
The daughter of the King of France,
On serious business, craving quick despatch,
Importunes personal conference. --Shak.
What business has the tortoise among the clouds? --L'Estrange.
5. Affair; concern; matter; -- used in an indefinite sense, and modified by the connected words.
It was a gentle business, and becoming
The action of good women. --Shak.
Your needful counsel to our business. --Shak.
6. Drama The position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by the stage manager in rehearsal.
7. Care; anxiety; diligence. [Obs.]
To do one's business, to ruin one. [Colloq.] --Wycherley.
To make (a thing) one's business, to occupy one's self with a thing as a special charge or duty. [Colloq.]
To mean business, to be earnest. [Colloq.]
Syn: -- Affairs; concern; transaction; matter; engagement; employment; calling; occupation; trade; profession; vocation; office; duty.