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  ( 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.   (=company, firm)  
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., 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.  
with supp  
...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.  
with poss   (=affair, concern)  
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'.  
supp N   (=affair)  
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   (=affair)  
Coastal defence is a costly business..., Parenting can be a stressful business.     
    big business  
    show 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.     

big business  
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     
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.     
business end     
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     
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     
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.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
The jargon used in business
an Internet business which has failed
the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists (le but)
serving no purpose
a group of people who decide to meet and make purchases at a local business. The aim is both to support it and to meet up with the community.
Inspired by the phenomenon of flash mobs, which refers to groups of people mobilized by social media to perform entertaining or unusual acts in public, such as choreographies
a book that gives lists of facts, for example people's names, addresses, and telephone numbers, or the names and addresses of business companies, usually arranged in alphabetical order.
tempting someone with promise of reward (an attractive person in general) to reveal information or to test one's partner loyalty, faithfulness : can be for lovers, business partners, espionage
when a shop is boarded up, it means it is no longer in business and that wooden planks have been nailed over its windows.
one in seven shops in the UK are boarded up
adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology
[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
A small business that is typically owned and run by members of a family
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
taking on the night life after taking care of business during the day.
a person who thinks about being an entrepreneur or starting a business but never gets started.
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
business linked to the Internet but also to traditional economy
business operating in a "real world" not on the internet : like a department store, a car manufacturer
see : click and mortar : a business that combine new technologies and traditional business
a detail-oriented document clearly outlining the objectives of the project like technical , terms and financial aspects of the software project .These software proposals helps the Business Professionals to automate routine tasks.
to subject (an industry) to a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and a supplier, usually via mobile technology
[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
a business model in which goods or services are shared, swapped, or rented over networks, rather than being owned by individuals
Ex: Airbnb, the peer-to-peer accomodation marketplace Related to the concept of "sharing economy"
start an argument on purpose
software created with the purpose of testing other software
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