from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The activity of buying and selling commodities, products, or services.
- noun The amount or volume of this activity.
- noun The variety of this activity in which a person is engaged.
- noun A specific occupation or pursuit.
- noun A commercial enterprise or establishment.
- noun Commercial dealings; patronage.
- noun One's rightful or proper concern or interest.
- noun Something involving one personally.
- noun Serious work or endeavor.
- noun An affair or matter.
- noun An incidental action performed by an actor on the stage to fill a pause between lines or to provide interesting detail.
- noun Informal Strong verbal criticism; scolding.
- noun Informal Urination or defecation.
- noun Obsolete The condition of being busy.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The state of being busy or actively employed; diligence; pains.
- noun Care; anxiety; solicitude; worry.
- noun A matter or affair that engages a person's attention or requires his care; an affair receiving or requiring attention; specifically, that which busies or occupies one's time, attention, and labor as his chief concern; that which one does for a livelihood; occupation; employment: as, his business was that of a merchant; to carry on the business of agriculture.
- noun Specifically Mercantile pursuits collectively; employments requiring knowledge of accounts and financial methods; the occupation of conducting trade or monetary transactions of any kind.
- noun That which is undertaken as a duty or of chief importance, or is set up as a principal purpose or aim.
- noun Concern; right of action or interposition: as, what business has a man with the disputes of others?
- noun Affair; point; matter.
- noun Theat., such preconcerted movements and actions on the stage as going up, crossing over, taking a chair, poking a fire, toying with anything, etc., designed to fill up the action of the play or character, and heighten its effect.
- noun To ease one's self at stool.
- Relating to, connected with, or engaged in business, traffic, trade, etc.: as, business habits; business hours; business men.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
- noun Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession.
- noun Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions.
- noun That which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission.
- noun Affair; concern; matter; -- used in an indefinite sense, and modified by the connected words.
- noun (Drama) The position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by the stage manager in rehearsal.
- noun obsolete Care; anxiety; diligence.
- noun [Colloq.] to ruin one.
- noun [Colloq.] to occupy one's self with a thing as a special charge or duty.
- noun [Colloq.] to be earnest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun countable A specific
commercial enterpriseor establishment.
- noun countable A person's
occupation, work, or trade.
- noun uncountable
Commercial, industrial, or professionalactivity.
- noun uncountable The
volumeor amountof commercial trade.
- noun uncountable One's dealings;
- noun uncountable Private
commercial intereststaken collectively.
- noun uncountable The management of commercial enterprises, or the study of such management.
- noun countable A particular
- noun countable An
objectiveor a matter needing to be dealt with.
- noun uncountable Something involving one
- noun uncountable, parliamentary procedure Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action.
- noun travel, uncountable
Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first classand coach.
- noun acting Action carried out with a
propor piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.
- noun countable, rare The
collective nounfor a group of ferrets.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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