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business /ˈbɪznəs/ noun
plural businesses
business
/ˈbɪznəs/
noun
plural businesses
Learner's definition of BUSINESS
[noncount]
: the activity of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services in exchange for money
often used before another noun
see also agribusiness, big business, in business (below), out of business (below), show business
: work that is part of a job
sometimes used before another noun
: the amount of activity that is done by a store, company, factory, etc.
[count] : an organization (such as a store, company, or factory) that makes, buys, or sells goods or provides services in exchange for money
sometimes used before another noun
[singular] : something that concerns a particular person, group, etc. : something that needs to be considered or dealt with
◊ The phrase mind your own business is used as an informal and often somewhat impolite way to tell someone to stop watching or asking about something that is private.
◊ To say that you were minding your own business when something happened means that you were doing what you normally do and were not bothering anyone.
◊ If you say something is nobody's business, you mean that it is private and other people do not need to know about it.
◊ Someone who has no business doing something has no right to do it.
[noncount] : something that must be done
[singular] : a matter, event, or situation usually used after an adjective
see also monkey business

business as usual

used to say that something is working or continuing in the normal or usual way

business is business

used to say that in order for a business to be successful it is necessary to do things that may hurt or upset people

in business

: operating as a business
informal : ready to begin doing or using something

like nobody's business

informal
: very well or quickly or in very large amounts

mean business

: to be serious about doing something

out of business

: closed down : no longer in business

the business

British slang
: a very good or impressive person or thing
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