business ( businesses plural )
1 n-uncount Business is work relating to the production, buying, and selling of goods or services.
...young people seeking a career in business..., Jennifer has an impressive academic and business background., ...Harvard Business School.
2 n-uncount Business is used when talking about how many products or services a company is able to sell. If business is good, a lot of products or services are being sold and if business is bad, few of them are being sold.
They worried that German companies would lose business..., Business is booming.
3 n-count A business is an organization which produces and sells goods or which provides a service.
The company was a family business..., The majority of small businesses go broke within the first twenty-four months..., He was short of cash after the collapse of his business.
4 n-uncount Business is work or some other activity that you do as part of your job and not for pleasure.
oft on N
I'm here on business..., You can't mix business with pleasure., ...business trips.
5 n-sing You can use business to refer to a particular area of work or activity in which the aim is to make a profit.
oft supp N
May I ask you what business you're in?, ...the music business.
6 n-sing You can use business to refer to something that you are doing or concerning yourself with.
...recording Ben as he goes about his business..., There was nothing left for the teams to do but get on with the business of racing.
7 n-uncount You can use business to refer to important matters that you have to deal with.
The most important business was left to the last..., I've got some unfinished business to attend to.
8 n-uncount If you say that something is your business, you mean that it concerns you personally and that other people have no right to ask questions about it or disagree with it.
My sex life is my business..., If she doesn't want the police involved, that's her business..., It's not our business.
9 n-sing You can use business to refer in a general way to an event, situation, or activity. For example, you can say something is `a wretched business' or you can refer to `this assassination business'.
We have sorted out this wretched business at last..., This whole business is very puzzling.
10 n-sing You can use business when describing a task that is unpleasant in some way. For example, if you say that doing something is a costly business, you mean that it costs a lot.
INFORMAL supp N
Coastal defence is a costly business..., Parenting can be a stressful business.
12 If two people or companies do businesswith each other, one sells goods or services to the other.
do business phrase V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n PHR
I was fascinated by the different people who did business with me.
13 If you say that someone has no businessto be in a place or to do something, you mean that they have no right to be there or to do it.
have no business phrase V inflects, PHR to-inf, PHR -ing
Really I had no business to be there at all.
14 A company that is in business is operating and trading.
be in business phrase v-link PHR
You can't stay in business without cash.
15 If you say you are in business, you mean you have everything you need to start something immediately.
be in business phrase V inflects, v-link PHR
All you need is a microphone, and you're in business.
16 If you say that someone means business, you mean they are serious and determined about what they are doing.
mean business phrase V inflects
Now people are starting to realise that he means business.
17 If you say to someone `mind your own business' or `it's none of your business', you are rudely telling them not to ask about something that does not concern them.
mind your own business/it's none of your business phrase
I asked Laura what was wrong and she told me to mind my own business.
18 If a shop or company goes out of business or is put out of business, it has to stop trading because it is not making enough money.
out of business phrase PHR after v
Thousands of firms could go out of business.
19 In a difficult situation, if you say it is business as usual, you mean that people will continue doing what they normally do.
business as usual phrase usu v-link PHR The Queen was determined to show it was business as usual.
1 n-uncount Big business is business which involves very large companies and very large sums of money.
Big business will never let petty nationalism get in the way of a good deal.
2 n-uncount Something that is big business is something which people spend a lot of money on, and which has become an important commercial activity.
Sport has become big business.
business angel ( business angels plural ) A business angel is a person who gives financial support to a commercial venture and receives a share of any profits from it, but who does not expect to be involved in its management. n-count
business card ( business cards plural ) A person's business card or their card is a small card which they give to other people, and which has their name and details of their job and company printed on it. n-count oft poss N
Business class seating on an aeroplane costs less than first class but more than economy class. adj ADJ n
You can pay to be upgraded to a business class seat.
Business class is also an adverb., adv ADV after v
They flew business class.
Business class is the business class seating on an aeroplane., n-uncount
The Australian team will be seated in business class.
The business endof a tool or weapon is the end of it which does the work or causes damage rather than the end that you hold.
INFORMAL n-sing usu N of n
...the business end of a vacuum cleaner.
Business hours are the hours of the day in which a shop or a company is open for business. n-plural
All showrooms are staffed during business hours.
business person ( business people plural ) Business people are people who work in business. n-count
...a self-employed business person.
business plan ( business plans plural ) A business plan is a detailed plan for setting up or developing a business, especially one that is written in order to borrow money. n-count
She learned how to write a business plan for the catering business she wanted to launch.
business school ( business schools plural ) A business school is a school or college which teaches business subjects such as economics and management. n-count
e-business ( e-businesses plural )
1 n-count An e-business is a business which uses the Internet to sell goods or services, especially one which does not also have shops or offices that people can visit or phone. (BUSINESS)
2 n-uncount E-business is the buying, selling, and ordering of goods and services using the Internet. (BUSINESS) oft N n
...proven e-business solutions.
Show business is the entertainment industry of film, theatre, and television. n-uncount
He started his career in show business by playing the saxophone and singing.