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BUSINESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does business mean? 

BUSINESS (noun)
  The noun BUSINESS has 9 senses:

1. a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
2. the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
3. business concerns collectively
4. the volume of commercial activity
5. a rightful concern or responsibility
6. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
7. an immediate objective
8. incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
9. customers collectively

  Familiarity information: BUSINESS used as a noun is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


BUSINESS (noun)


Sense 1business [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

business organization; business organisation; business concern; business; concern

Context examples:

he bought his brother's business / a small mom-and-pop business / a racially integrated business concern

Hypernyms ("business" is a kind of...):

enterprise (an organization created for business ventures)

Meronyms (members of "business"):

division (an administrative unit in government or business)

Domain category:

business; business enterprise; commercial enterprise (the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects)

Domain member category:

shipping room (a room where goods are packaged and shipped)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "business"):

agency (a business that serves other businesses)

shipbuilder (a business that builds and repairs ships)

processor (a business engaged in processing agricultural products and preparing them for market)

partnership (the members of a business venture created by contract)

maker; manufacturer; manufacturing business (a business engaged in manufacturing some product)

dealership; franchise (a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area)

business firm; firm; house (the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments)

chain (a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership)

carrier; common carrier (a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages)

brokerage (the business of a broker; charges a fee to arrange a contract between two parties)

underperformer (a business that is less successful than expected)


Sense 2business [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

business enterprise; business; commercial enterprise

Context example:

computers are now widely used in business

Hypernyms ("business" is a kind of...):

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Meronyms (parts of "business"):

business activity; commercial activity (activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise)

Domain member category:

copartner (a joint partner (as in a business enterprise))

player (an important participant (as in a business deal))

bankroll; roll (a roll of currency notes (often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.))

doldrums; stagnancy; stagnation (a state of inactivity (in business or art etc))

privatise; privatize (change from governmental to private control or ownership)

dull; slow; sluggish ((of business) not active or brisk)

hostile (unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business))

tangible ((of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value)

intangible ((of especially business assets) not having physical substance or intrinsic productive value)

capitalist (a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business))

business; business concern; business organisation; business organization; concern (a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it)

business; business sector (business concerns collectively)

overcapitalisation; overcapitalization ((business) too much capitalization (the sale of more stock than the business warrants))

operation (the activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.))

business (the volume of commercial activity)

administration; disposal (a method of tending to (especially business) matters)

establishment (a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence)

gambling den; gambling hell; gambling house; gaming house (a public building in which a variety of games of chance can be played (operated as a business))

astuteness; perspicaciousness; perspicacity; shrewdness (intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings))

celluloid; cinema; film (a medium that disseminates moving pictures)

business people; businesspeople (people who transact business (especially business executives))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "business"):

advertising; publicizing (the business of drawing public attention to goods and services)

publication; publishing (the business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution)

printing (the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution)

packaging (the business of packing)

agribusiness; agriculture; factory farm (a large-scale farming enterprise)

building; construction (the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones)

shipping; transport; transportation (the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials)

venture (a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit)

real-estate business (the business of selling real estate)

discount business (the business of selling merchandise at a discount)

finance (the commercial activity of providing funds and capital)

tourism; touristry (the business of providing services to tourists)

fishing (the occupation of catching fish for a living)

butchering; butchery (the business of a butcher)

storage (the commercial enterprise of storing goods and materials)

industry; manufacture (the organized action of making of goods and services for sale)

field; field of operation; line of business (a particular kind of commercial enterprise)

employee-owned business; employee-owned enterprise (a commercial enterprise owned by the people who work for it)

Holonyms ("business" is a part of...):

market; marketplace (the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold)


Sense 3business [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Business concerns collectively

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

business sector; business

Context example:

Government and business could not agree

Hypernyms ("business" is a kind of...):

sector (a body of people who form part of society or economy)

Domain category:

business; business enterprise; commercial enterprise (the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects)

Domain member category:

incorporate (form a corporation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "business"):

big business (commercial enterprises organized and financed on a scale large enough to influence social and political policies)


Sense 4business [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The volume of commercial activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

business is good today / show me where the business was today

Hypernyms ("business" is a kind of...):

business activity; commercial activity (activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise)

Domain category:

business; business enterprise; commercial enterprise (the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "business"):

patronage; trade (the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers)

land-office business (very large and profitable volume of commercial activity)


Sense 5business [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rightful concern or responsibility

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

it's none of your business / mind your own business

Hypernyms ("business" is a kind of...):

concern; headache; vexation; worry (something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness)


Sense 6business [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

occupation; line of work; job; business; line

Context example:

he's not in my line of business

Hypernyms ("business" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "business"):

catering (providing food and services)

photography (the occupation of taking and printing photographs or making movies)

accountancy; accounting (the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business)

medium; metier (an occupation for which you are especially well suited)

profession (an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences))

craft; trade (the skilled practice of a practical occupation)

salt mine; treadmill (a job involving drudgery and confinement)

berth; billet; office; place; position; post; situation; spot (a job in an organization)

appointment (the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed)

confectionery (the occupation and skills of a confectioner)

sport (the occupation of athletes who compete for pay)

farming; land (agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life)

biz; game (your occupation or line of work)

calling; career; vocation (the particular occupation for which you are trained)

employment; work (the occupation for which you are paid)


Sense 7business [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An immediate objective

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

gossip was the main business of the evening

Hypernyms ("business" is a kind of...):

aim; object; objective; target (the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "business"):

occasions (something you have to do)


Sense 8business [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

byplay; stage business; business

Context example:

his business with the cane was hilarious

Hypernyms ("business" is a kind of...):

acting; performing; playacting; playing (the performance of a part or role in a drama)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "business"):

schtick; schtik; shtick; shtik ((Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention)


Sense 9business [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Customers collectively

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

clientele; patronage; business

Context example:

they have an upper class clientele

Hypernyms ("business" is a kind of...):

people ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively)


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