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business

noun uk   /ˈbɪz.nɪs/ us  

business noun (SELLING)

A1 [U] the activity of buying and selling goods and services: My brother's in business. He's in the frozen food business. Our firm does a lot of business with overseas customers. Eventually they found a consultant they felt they could do business with (= with whom they could work well). Currently, there are fewer firms in business (= operating) in the area than ever before. This new tax will put a lot of small firms out of business (= they will stop operating). She set up in business (= started her own company) as a management consultant.Buying and selling in general

business noun (COMPANY)

A2 [C] a particular company that buys and sells goods and services: The two brothers established/set up/started up a clothes retailing business. She runs her own printing business. They put a lot of money into the family business.Businesses and enterprises

business noun (WORK)

B1 [U] work that you do to earn money: I'm in Baltimore on business. a business appointmentWork, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work [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). Business is bad/slack/quiet (= I'm not selling much). How is business (= are you selling much) at the moment?Businesses and enterprises

business noun (MATTER)

[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. These killings are a dreadful business. I make it my business (= I feel it is my particular duty) to check the monthly accounts. We've got some unfinished business to discuss (= we still have something important to discuss).Topics and areas of interest

business noun (THINGS YOU DO)

[U] the things that you do or the matters that relate only to you: I got on with the business of filling in the form. What she does with her life is her business.Topics and areas of interest
(Definition of business from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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