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