American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A matter, such as a task, that must be addressed.
- n. a list of matters to be taken up (as at a meeting)
“By Mr. McAliley, relative to order of business ... ..”
“For the Polish communists, almost the first order of business was to rebuild the historic center of Warsaw, the cultural showcase of the capital, with its fine old pastel buildings, the imposing Roman-style national theater with tall colonnades and bas relief ornament, and the university with its gardened and gated campus.”
“The regular order of business was suspended, and Senate messages taken up, and the Senate joint resolution adding a committee on Agriculture and Mechanics, to the joint standing committees of the Legislature, was concurred in.”
“Their first order of business was the investigation of a revenue collector named C. W. Ford.”
“His first order of business was to arrange with the FBI a ruse to put Ulric off guard.”
“Our first order of business this morning will be to welcome three newly elected members into our midst: Karym Daryani of Uhuru, replacing the late Bharat Jain; Arkin Forsythe of Lorelei, replacing the retiring Gabre Kassaie; and Vladmr Grosdova of Sadhai, replacing the late Raimon Sabatyat.”
“The order of business was suspended, and he introduced a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the State Treasurer to employ a clerk,”
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