Definition of


  1. (noun, act) incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
  2. (noun, act) the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  3. (noun, act) the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  4. (noun, act) the volume of commercial activity
    show me where the business was today
  5. (noun, cognition) a rightful concern or responsibility
    mind your own business
  6. (noun, cognition) an immediate objective
  7. (noun, group) business concerns collectively
  8. (noun, group) a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
    a small mom-and-pop business
    a racially integrated business concern
  9. (noun, group) customers collectively

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Origin of the word Business

  1. O.E. bisignes (Northumbrian) "care, anxiety, occupation," from bisig "careful, anxious, busy, occupied, diligent" (see busy) + -ness. Sense of "work, occupation" is first recorded late 14c. Sense of "trade, commercial engagements" is first attested 1727. Modern two-syllable pronunciation is 17c. Business card first attested 1840; business letter from… more

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