- IPA(key): /ˈbɪz.nɪs/, /ˈbɪz.nɪz/
- (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /ˈbɪz.nəs/, /ˈbɪz.nəz/
- (Southern American English) IPA(key): /ˈbɪd.nəs/, /ˈbɪd.nəz/
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- Hyphenation: busi‧ness
- (countable) A specific commercial enterprise or establishment.
- I was left my father's business.
- (countable) A person's occupation, work, or trade.
- He is in the motor and insurance businesses.
- I'm going to Las Vegas on business.
- (uncountable) Commercial, industrial, or professional activity.
- He's such a poor cook, I can't believe he's still in business!
- We do business all over the world.
- (uncountable) The volume or amount of commercial trade.
- Business has been slow lately.
- They did nearly a million dollars of business over the long weekend.
- 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
- In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result. If the bumf arrived electronically, the take-up rate was 0.1%. And for online adverts the “conversion” into sales was a minuscule 0.01%. That means about $165 billion was spent not on drumming up business, but on annoying people, creating landfill and cluttering spam filters.
- (uncountable) One's dealings; patronage.
- I shall take my business elsewhere.
- (uncountable) Private commercial interests taken collectively.
- This proposal will satisfy both business and labor.
- (uncountable) The management of commercial enterprises, or the study of such management.
- I studied business at Harvard.
- (countable) A particular situation or activity.
- This UFO stuff is a mighty strange business.
- (countable) Any activity or objective needing to be dealt with; especially, one of a financial or legal matter.
- Our principal business here is to get drunk.
- Let's get down to business.
- 1651, Thomas Hobbes, “Chapter I: Of Sense”, in LeviathanWikisource:
- To know the naturall cause of Sense, is not very necessary to the business now in hand; and I have els-where written of the same at large.
- (uncountable) Something involving one personally.
- That's none of your business.
- (uncountable, parliamentary procedure) Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action.
- If that concludes the announcements, we'll move on to new business.
- (travel, uncountable) Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first class and coach.
- 1992, James Wallace and Jim Erickson, Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire, page 154:
- Gates, who always flew business or coach, didn't particularly like the high air fares Nishi was charging to Microsoft, […]
- (acting) Action carried out with a prop or piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.
- (countable, rare) The collective noun for a group of ferrets.
- (uncountable, slang, Britain) Something very good; top quality. (possibly from "the bee's knees")
- These new phones are the business!
- (slang, uncountable) Excrement, particularly that of a non-human animal.
- Your ferret left his business all over the floor.
- As the cart went by, its horse lifted its tail and did its business.
- big business
- business analyst
- business architect
- business as usual
- business before pleasure
- business card
- business class
- business day
- business deal
- business economics
- business end
- business English
- business ethics
- business failure
- business girl
- business intelligence
- business lunch
- business model
- business name
- business plan
- business practice
- business record
- business risk
- business trip
- business trust
- business unit
- business venture
- do business
- family business
- funny business
- get down to business
- give someone the business
- line of business
- mean business
- mind one's own business
- monkey business
- order of business
- out of business
- personal business
- place of business
- show business
- small business
- take care of business
- unfinished business
- we appreciate your business
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- Of, to, pertaining to or utilized for purposes of conducting trade, commerce, governance, advocacy or other professional purposes.
- 1897, Reform Club (New York, N.Y.) Sound Currency Committee, Sound Currency, volume 4-5, page cclii:
- They are solely business instruments. Every man's relation to them is purely a business relation. His use of them is purely a business use.
- 1996, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, American Law Reports: Annotations and Cases, volume 35, page 432:
- […] the fact that the injured party came to the insured premises for solely business purposes precluded any reliance on the non-business pursuits exception (§ 1 1 2[b]).
- 2003, Marvin Snider, Compatibility Breeds Success: How to Manage Your Relationship with Your Business Partner, page 298:
- Both of these partnerships have to cope with these dual issues in a more complicated way than is the case in solely business partnerships.
- Please do not use this phone for personal calls; it is a business phone.
- Professional, businesslike, having concern for good business practice.
- 1889, The Clothier and furnisher, volume 19, page 38:
- He is thoroughly business, but has the happy faculty of transacting it in a genial and courteous manner.
- 1909, Business Administration: Business Practice, La Salle Extension University, page 77:
- […] and the transaction carried through in a thoroughly business manner.
- Supporting business, conducive to the conduct of business.
- 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
- According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
- business at OneLook Dictionary Search
- business in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
- business in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- IPA(key): /ˈbisnes/, [ˈbis̠ne̞s̠]
- IPA(key): /ˈpisnes/, [ˈpis̠ne̞s̠]
- IPA(key): /ˈbusinesː/, [ˈbus̠ine̞s̠ː]
- Alternative spelling of
It may be advisable to avoid using this term in writing.
This spelling does not fit nicely into Finnish declension system and is therefore seldom used, and mainly in nominative singular.
Declension of business (type vastaus)
Declension of business (type vastaus)
- See Synonyms-section under bisnes
business m (plural business)
- “business” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
business m (invariable)
- business (commercial enterprise)