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business

noun uk   us   /ˈbɪz.nɪs/

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.
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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.

business noun (WORK)

B1 [U] work that you do to earn money: I'm in Baltimore on business. a business appointment [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?

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 horrible business. I make it my business (= I feel it is my particular duty) to check the monthly accounts. We have some unfinished business to discuss (= we still have something important to discuss).
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business noun (THINGS YOU DO)

[U] the things that you do or the matters that relate only to you: I started on the business of filling out the form. What she does with her life is her business.
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