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UK [ˈbɪznəs] / US noun
Word forms "business":
singular business plural businesses
1) [uncountable] the work of buying or selling products or services for money

representatives from business and politics

do business with someone:

I found them very easy to do business with.

go into business:

It was a mistake to go into business with my brother.

a) [only before noun] connected with business, or with people who work in business

our latest business venture

the business community (= all the people who work in business)

a business associate/partner

the business section of the Sunday paper

b) used for talking about how well a company or industry is doing

We're hoping that business will improve this year.

Cheap imports are damaging our business.

Business was booming (= doing very well).

A little controversy will be good for business.

c) used for talking about how many customers or contracts a company or industry has

They're trying to attract business by cutting prices.

a potential source of new business

Companies risk losing business if they don't accept the Euro.

d) a particular area of business

What business are you in?

the music/fashion/advertising etc business:

I have a few contacts in the music business.

e) used for talking about business compared to things that you do when you are not working

Are you here for business or pleasure?

a business lunch/trip/meeting

on business:

Jonathan was away on business.

2) [countable] an organization that buys or sells products or services for money. This word often refers to a small organization that is owned and run by one person or a few people, while company can also refer to large organizations

a small family business

Matthew's little shop has turned into a thriving business.

Many small businesses fold (= fail) in their first year.

run a business:

Sheryl's parents run a small clothing business.

start your own business:

After leaving school, Bob started his own computer business.

3) [singular/uncountable] something that you have to deal with

Is there any other business to discuss?

unfinished business (= things that need to be dealt with):

We've still got some unfinished business to settle.

the business of (doing) something:

Nancy had left the business of looking after the dog to her brother.

4) [uncountable] something that affects or involves a particular person and no one else

It's my business who I go out with.

5) [singular] something that has happened, especially something that has caused problems and has been continuing for a long time

This business about housework has to be resolved.

I'm fed up with the whole business.

Ever since that business with her boyfriend, Becky's been really depressed.

a risky/serious/tricky etc business — used for saying that something is dangerous/serious etc

Disposing of chemicals can be a dangerous business.

For Jack, golf is a serious business.


English dictionary. 2014.

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