business [biz′nis]
[ME bisinesse < OE bisignes: see BUSY & -NESS]
1. one's work, occupation, or profession
2. a special task, duty, or function
3. rightful concern or responsibility [no one's business but his own]
4. a matter, affair, activity, etc. [the business of packing for a trip]
5. the buying and selling of commodities and services; commerce; trade
6. a commercial or industrial establishment; store, factory, etc.
7. the trade or patronage of customers
8. commercial practice or policy
9. a bit of action in a drama, as pouring a drink, intended to establish character, take up a pause in dialogue, etc.
1. of or for business
2. Bridge designating a double intended to penalize one's opponents: cf. TAKEOUT (adj. 2)
do business with
1. to engage in commerce with
2. to have dealings with
do its business or do one's business
Slang to defecate
☆ give the business or get the business
Slang to subject (or be subjected) to rough treatment, practical joking, etc.
mean business
Informal to be in earnest
SYN.- BUSINESS, in this comparison, refers generally to the buying and selling of commodities and services and connotes a profit motive; COMMERCE and TRADE both refer to the distribution or exchange of commodities, esp. as this involves their transportation, but COMMERCE generally implies such activity on a large scale between cities, countries, etc.; INDUSTRY refers chiefly to the large-scale manufacture of commodities

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