W1S1 [ˈbıznıs] n
1¦(buying or selling goods or services)¦
3¦(how much work a company has)¦
4¦(for your job)¦
5¦(what someone should be involved in)¦
6¦(things to be dealt with)¦
8 be in business
9 (go) out of business
10 be back in business
11 somebody was (just) minding their own business
12 go about your business
13 make it your business to do something
14 mean business
15 unfinished business
16 business is business
17 business as usual
18 have no business doing something/have no business to do something
19 not be in the business of doing something
20 and all that business
21 (it's) the business
22 do the business
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: busy]
the activity of making money by producing or buying and selling goods, or providing services
→↑commerce, trade ↑trade
Students on the course learn about all aspects of business.
We do business with a number of Italian companies.
Vanessa decided to go into business as an art-dealer.
set up/start up in business
The scheme offers free advice to people wanting to set up in business.
In order to stay in business , you must do better than your competitors.
the advertising/music/fashion etc business
Carl began in the music business by running a recording studio.
business activities/interests etc
He has a wide range of business interests.
2.) ¦(COMPANY)¦
an organization such as a company, shop, or factory that produces or sells goods or provides a service
She now has her own $25 million home-shopping business.
They don't know how to run a business .
The company began as a small family business (=owned and controlled by one family) .
Owners of small businesses (=that employ only a few people) will be hit hardest by these tax changes.
big business
(=large and powerful companies in general)
Does big business have more control over our everyday lives than our elected governments?
the business community
(=people who work in business generally)
the international business community
the amount of work a company does or the amount of money it makes
We're now doing twice as much business as we did last year.
Exports account for 72% of overall business.
business is good/bad/slow etc
Business is slow during the summer.
drum up business
(=try to get more work for you or your company)
Perot was in Europe, drumming up business for his new investment company.
4.) ¦(FOR YOUR JOB)¦[U]
work that you do as part of your job
She's in New York this week on business (=for her work) .
Hi Maggie! Is this phone call business or pleasure ?
business trip/meeting etc
We discussed the idea over a business lunch.
useful business contacts
a) if something is not your business or none of your business, you should not be involved in it or ask about it
It was not her business, she decided, to ask where the money came from.
It's none of your business how much I weigh.
'Who's that girl you were with?' ' Mind your own business (=Don't ask questions about something that does not concern you) !'
Are you going out with Kate tonight? 'That's my business' (=it doesn't concern you, so don't ask me questions about it) .
b) if it is someone's business to do something, it is their duty or responsibility to do it
it is the business of sb to do sth
It is the business of government to listen to the various groups within society.
things that need to be done or discussed
Okay, let's get down to business (=start doing or discussing something) .
'Is there any other business ?' the chairman asked.
7.) ¦(MATTER)¦ [singular]
a situation or activity, especially one that you have a particular opinion about or attitude towards
a serious/strange/funny etc business
Leon regards keeping fit as a serious business.
Tanya found the whole business ridiculous.
8.) be in business
a) to be involved in business activities
The company has been in business for over thirty years.
b) spoken to have all that you need to start doing something
I've just got to buy the paint and then we're in business.
9.) (go) out of business
if a company goes out of business, or something puts it out of business, it stops operating, especially because of financial problems
Higher interest rates will drive small firms out of business.
10.) be back in business
to be working or operating in a normal way again
The band are back in business after a long break.
11.) sb was (just) minding their own business
spoken used to say that someone was not doing anything unusual or wrong at the time when something unfair or bad happened to them
I was driving along, minding my own business, when the police stopped my car.
12.) go about your business
to do the things that you normally do
The street was full of ordinary people going about their business.
13.) make it your business to do sth
to make a special effort to do something
Ruth made it her business to get to know the customers.
14.) mean business informal
to be serious about doing something even if it involves harming someone
The border is guarded by troops who mean business.
15.) unfinished business
something you need to discuss further with someone or a situation that has not yet reached a satisfactory solution
The sudden death of a loved one can often leave the bereaved with an agonising sense of unfinished business.
16.) business is business
spoken used to say that profit is the most important thing to consider
We can't afford to employ someone who isn't good at the job - business is business.
17.) business as usual
when someone or something is still working or operating normally when you think they might not be
Despite last night's scare, it was business as usual in the White House today.
18.) have no business doing sth/have no business to do sth
to do something you should not be doing
He was drunk and had no business driving.
19.) not be in the business of doing sth
to not be intending to do something because you think it is a bad idea
I'm not in the business of selling my best players.
20.) and all that business
spoken informal and other things of the same general kind
She handles the publicity and all that business.
21.) (it's) the business
BrE informal used to say that something is very good or works well
Have you seen David's new car? It's the business!
22.) do the businessBrE informal
a) to do what you are expected to do or what people want you to do
Come on, then, and do the business.
b) to have sex
→↑big business,funny business atfunny, like nobody's business atnobody1 (2), monkey business atmonkey1 (3), ↑show business

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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