Translation of "business" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary


noun uk /ˈbɪz.nɪs/ us /ˈbɪz.nɪs/

A1 [ U ] the activity of buying and selling goods and services

My brother's in business. 我哥哥经商。
He's in the frozen food business. 他做冷冻食品生意。
Our firm does a lot of business with overseas customers. 我们公司与海外客户的生意往来很多。
Eventually they found a consultant they felt they could do business with (= with whom they could work well). 最后他们找到了一个他们觉得可以与其愉快合作的顾问。
Currently, there are fewer firms in business (= operating) in the area than ever before. 目前在该地区经营的公司比以往任何时候都少。
This new tax will put a lot of small firms out of business (= they will stop operating). 这项新的税收将导致许多小企业倒闭。
She set up in business (= started her own company) as a management consultant. 她自己开办公司提供管理咨询服务。

A2 [ C ] a particular company that buys and sells goods and services:

The two brothers established/set up/started up a clothes retailing business. 兄弟俩开了家服装零售商店。
She runs her own printing business.
They put a lot of money into the family business.

B1 [ U ] work that you do to earn money:

I'm in Baltimore on business. 我在巴尔的摩出差。
a business appointment 商务会面

[ U ] the amount of work done or the number of goods or services sold by a company or organization:

Business is good/brisk/booming/flourishing (= I'm selling a lot). 生意兴隆。
Business is bad/slack/quiet (= I'm not selling much). 生意清淡。
How is business (= are you selling much) at the moment? 现在生意怎么样?

[ S or U ] a situation or activity, often one that you are giving your opinion about

Arranging a trip abroad is a time-consuming business. 筹划一趟出国旅行是件很费时的事。
These killings are a horrible business. 这些谋杀是非常可怕的事。
I make it my business (= I feel it is my particular duty) to check the monthly accounts. 我觉得核查每月账目是我的责任。
We have some unfinished business to discuss (= we still have something important to discuss). 我们还有一些未了结的事务需要讨论。

[ U ] the things that you do or the matters that relate only to you

I started on the business of filling out the form. 我继续填表格。
What she does with her life is her business. 她如何生活是她自己的事。

(Translation of “business” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)