›[U]the activity of buying and selling goods and services: in businessShe is an academic, but all her brothers work in business.be in businessCurrently, fewer firms are in business in the area than ever before.go into/set up in businessShe set up in business as a management consultant.be/be put/go out of businessThis new tax will put a lot of small firms out of business.do business with sb/sthOur firm does a lot of business with overseas customers.open for business/be open for businessThe new restaurant opens for business this Saturday, 12th June.a business deal/transaction/investmentHe made a $550,000 business deal with Beijing Machinery Import and Export.business activities/practicesMany of us want to adopt more environmentally friendly business practices.a business venture/proposition/ideaWe can help you put your business idea into practice.The scare over product safety in China has created a business opportunity for testing laboratories.a business consultant/executivea business contact/partnerthe business world/sectorShe stood against a powerful coalition of political and business interests.
›[U]work that you do to earn money: be in the ... businessHe's in the frozen food business.the music/insurance/tourism businessThis is a glossary of terms used in the insurance business.on businessAre you in Baltimore on business?a business appointment/meeting/tripa business call/letter
›[C]a company or organization that buys and sells goods or services: own/run/manage a businessShe owns several businesses in the city.set up/start a businessHe hopes to start a bicycle repair business.a telecoms/design/hairdressing businessa family/local businessWe are a family business, and everyone helps out in the shop.By the age of 24 I was running my own business.grow/develop/build the businessWe all know we could perform better, grow the business, plan for the future - if we had more time.Most business owners would like to think they know what their customers want.
›[U]the amount of work done or the number of goods or services sold by a company or organization: How is business at the moment?bring in/attract/win businessThe ads in the local press brought in a lot of business.He gives tips on finding new business, building a relationship with the customer, and closing deals.business is good/brisk/boomingAfter last year's long dry summer, business is booming for irrigation companies.business is bad/slack/quiet
›[U]the fact that someone buys goods or services from a particular store, company, etc.: lose/need/want sb's businessIf you do not delight the customer, you risk losing their business.
business as usual›used to say that a business is operating, people are working, etc. in the way that they normally do: It will be business as usual for the office even while the building work is going on.
business is business›used to say that in a particular situation the most important thing is to do what is right for a business: It would have been nice to sell the company to friends, but business is business.
sb you can do business with›someone who you feel you can work well with, because you understand each other: Eventually they found a consultant they felt they could do business with.