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business

busi·ness

business

 
 
pronunciation:
bIz nihs
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
phrases:
mean business
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an occupation or trade.
What business are you in?
synonyms:
calling, career, employment, job, line, métier, occupation, position, profession, trade, vocation, work
similar words:
avocation, craft, livelihood, living, pursuit, task
definition 2: a specific commercial enterprise, or the place where such an enterprise is carried on.
She owns two businesses: a card shop and a restaurant.
synonyms:
company, concern, establishment, firm, house, industry, office, shop, store
similar words:
agency, corporation, enterprise, partnership, team
definition 3: the activity of buying and selling goods or services in order to make money.
He's decided to go into business instead of becoming a teacher.I'm looking for a book on becoming successful in business.
definition 4: the buying and selling activities of organizations, or the activities of customers in relation to these organizations.
Our company does a great deal of business with companies in Asia.If we are not satisfied with your company's services, we will take our business elsewhere.These clients are unpleasant to deal with, but we need their business.
definition 5: the course of trade; commerce.
Business was bad last quarter.Hot weather is good for our ice cream business at the cafe.
synonyms:
commerce, trade, traffic
similar words:
buying, merchandising, selling
definition 6: a duty, concern, or appropriate personal interest.
How much money I make is none of your business.It's my business to see that the work gets done.
synonyms:
affair, concern, problem, province, question, responsibility
similar words:
case, department, duty, function, issue, obligation, task
definition 7: a particular matter, process, or event.
The girl's disappearance was a strange business.
synonyms:
affair, circumstance, event, happening, matter, occurrence, process, situation
similar words:
case, concern, issue, question, thing
phrase: mean business
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or relating to commercial business.
She's getting a degree in business administration.He's not very skilled in business dealings.
synonyms:
commercial, financial, merchant
similar words:
mercantile
Word Builder: business +
  • businessman:
    a man who works in business.
  • businesswoman:
    a woman who works in business.
  • businessperson:
    a person who works in business.
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some kinds of businesses
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some places associated with business
some things used in businesses
Word Parts
The word business contains the following part:
-ness Old English noun-forming suffix that means state or quality of
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The suffix -ness is attached to adjectives to form nouns. It is fully productive, meaning that any word that combines an adjective and the suffix -ness is an allowable English noun. In a small set of cases, it is attached to a verb (forgiveness) or a noun (witness ).