business

If you are in Hong Kong to do work, then you’re away on business. The word business can refer to the activities you perform for your job.

The word business often refers to an occupation (like "she owns her own business") or a particular trade, like show business. Business can also describe an enterprise's financial goal, as in, a store that uses advertising to attract business, or its activity — like a store that does most of its business on weekends. It isn't always easy to run a business. In fact, it comes from the Old English word bisignis, which meant “anxiety."

Primary Meanings of business

1.
n
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
2.
n
incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
Full Definitions of business
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n the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

“he's not in my line of business
Synonyms:
job, line, line of work, occupation
Types:
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confectionery
the occupation and skills of a confectioner
sport
the occupation of athletes who compete for pay
farming, land
agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life
biz, game
your occupation or line of work
calling, career, vocation
the particular occupation for which you are trained
employment, work
the occupation for which you are paid
appointment
the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed
berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot
a job in an organization
salt mine, treadmill
a job involving drudgery and confinement
craft, trade
the skilled practice of a practical occupation
profession
an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
medium, metier
an occupation for which you are especially well suited
accountancy, accounting
the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business
photography
the occupation of taking and printing photographs or making movies
catering
providing food and services
coaching, coaching job
the job of a professional coach
booking, engagement
employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
ministry
the work of a minister of religion
navigation, sailing, seafaring
the work of a sailor
professional boxing
boxing for money
professional wrestling
wrestling for money
sumo
a Japanese form of wrestling; you lose if you are forced out of a small ring or if any part of your body (other than your feet) touches the ground
professional golf
playing golf for money
professional football
football played for pay
professional baseball
playing baseball for money
professional basketball
playing basketball for money
professional tennis
playing tennis for money
work load, workload
work that a person is expected to do in a specified time
piecework
work paid for according to the quantity produced
specialisation, specialism, speciality, specialization, specialty
the special line of work you have adopted as your career
lifework
the principal work of your career
walk, walk of life
careers in general
service
employment in or work for another
telecommuting, teleworking
employment at home while communicating with the workplace by phone or fax or modem
services
performance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to others
public service
employment within a government system (especially in the civil service)
academicianship
the position of member of an honorary academy
accountantship
the position of accountant
admiralty
the office of admiral
ambassadorship
the post of ambassador
apostleship
the position of apostle
apprenticeship
the position of apprentice
associateship
the position of associate (as in an office or academy)
attorneyship
the position of attorney
bailiffship
the office of bailiff
baronetage
the state of a baronet
bishopry, episcopate
the office and dignity of a bishop
cadetship
the position of cadet
caliphate
the office of a caliph
captaincy, captainship
the post of captain
cardinalship
the office of cardinal
chairmanship
the position of chairman
chancellorship
the office of chancellor
chaplaincy, chaplainship
the position of chaplain
chieftaincy, chieftainship
the position of chieftain
clerkship
the job of clerk
commandership, commandery
the position or office of commander
comptrollership
the position of comptroller
consulship
the post of consul
controllership
the position of controller
councillorship, councilorship
the position of council member
counsellorship, counselorship
the position of counselor
curacy
the position of a curate
curatorship
the position of curator
custodianship
the position of custodian
deanery, deanship
the position or office of a dean
directorship
the position of a director of a business concern
discipleship
the position of disciple
editorship
the position of editor
eldership
the office of elder
emirate
the office of an emir
fatherhood
the status of a father
fatherhood
the status of a religious leader
foremanship
the position of foreman
generalcy, generalship
the office and authority of a general
governorship
the office of governor
headship
the position of head
headship
the position of headmaster or headmistress
hot seat
a difficult position where you are subjected to stress and criticism
incumbency
the office of an incumbent
inspectorship
the office of inspector
instructorship
the position of instructor
internship
the position of a medical intern
judgeship, judicature
the position of judge
khanate
the position of a khan
lectureship
the post of lecturer
legateship, legation
the post or office of legate
legislatorship
the office of legislator
librarianship
the position of librarian
lieutenancy
the position of a lieutenant
magistracy, magistrature
the position of magistrate
managership
the position of manager
manhood
the status of being a man
marshalship
the post of marshall
mastership
the position of master
mayoralty
the position of mayor
messiahship
the position of messiah
moderatorship
the position of moderator
overlordship
the position of overlord
pastorate, pastorship
the position of pastor
peasanthood
the state of being a peasant
plum
a highly desirable position or assignment
praetorship
the office of praetor
precentorship
the position of precentor
preceptorship
the position of preceptor
prefecture
the office of prefect
prelacy, prelature
the office or station of a prelate
premiership
the office of premier
presidency, presidentship
the office and function of president
primateship
the office of primate
principalship
the post of principal
priorship
the office of prior
proconsulate, proconsulship
the position of proconsul
proctorship
the position of proctor
chair, professorship
the position of professor
protectorship
the position of protector
public office
a position concerning the people as a whole
rabbinate
the office or function of a rabbi
receivership
the office of a receiver
rectorate, rectorship
the office or station of a rector
regency
the office of a regent
residency
the position of physician who is receiving special training in a hospital (usually after completing an internship)
rulership
the position of ruler
sainthood
the status and dignity of a saint
secretaryship
the position of secretary
feudal lordship, seigneury, seigniory
the position and authority of a feudal lord
senatorship
the office of senator
sinecure
an office that involves minimal duties
solicitorship
the position of solicitor
speakership
the position of Speaker
stewardship
the position of steward
studentship
the position of student
teachership
the position of teacher
thaneship
the position of thane
throne
the position and power of an exalted person (a sovereign or bishop) who is entitled to sit in a chair of state on ceremonial occasions
treasurership
the position of treasurer
tribuneship
the position of tribune
trusteeship
the position of trustee
vice-presidency
the office and function of a vice president
viceroyship
the position of viceroy
viziership
the position of vizier
wardenship
the position of warden
wardership
the position of warder
womanhood
the status of a woman
business life, professional life
a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
airplane mechanics
the craft of building and repairing airplanes
auto mechanics
the craft of building and repairing automobiles
basketry
the craft of basket making
carpentry, woodwork, woodworking
the craft of a carpenter: making things out of wood
drafting, mechanical drawing
the craft of drawing blueprints
dressmaking
the craft of making dresses
electrical work
the craft of an electrician
interior decoration, interior design
the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior
lumbering
the trade of cutting or preparing or selling timber
masonry
the craft of a mason
oculism
the craft of an oculist
house painting, painting
the occupation of a house painter
papermaking
the craft of making paper
pilotage, piloting
the occupation of a pilot
plumbery, plumbing
the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building)
pottery
the craft of making earthenware
learned profession
one of the three professions traditionally believed to require advanced learning and high principles
literature
the profession or art of a writer
architecture
the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
education
the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)
journalism
the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media
politics
the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
pyrotechnics, pyrotechny
the craft of making fireworks
cobbling, shoe repairing, shoemaking
the shoemaker's trade
roofing
the craft of a roofer
sheet-metal work
the craft of doing sheet metal work (as in ventilation systems)
shingling
the laying on of shingles
tailoring
the occupation of a tailor
tool-and-die work
the craft of making special tools and dies
cost accounting
keeping account of the costs of items in production
bookkeeping, clerking
the activity of recording business transactions
inventory accounting
accounting that controls and evaluates inventory
handicraft
a craft that requires skillful hands
paper route
the job of delivering newspapers regularly
mintage
act or process of minting coins
tanning
making leather from rawhide
engineering, technology
the practical application of science to commerce or industry
typography
the craft of composing type and printing from it
undertaking
the trade of a funeral director
upholstery
the craft of upholstering
wine making, winemaking
the craft and science of growing grapes and making wine
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior

n a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it

“he bought his brother's business
“a small mom-and-pop business
“a racially integrated business concern”
Synonyms:
business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern
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agency
a business that serves other businesses
brokerage
the business of a broker; charges a fee to arrange a contract between two parties
carrier, common carrier
a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages
chain
(business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership
business firm, firm, house
the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
dealership, franchise
a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area
maker, manufacturer, manufacturing business
a business engaged in manufacturing some product
partnership
the members of a business venture created by contract
processor
a business engaged in processing agricultural products and preparing them for market
shipbuilder
a business that builds and repairs ships
underperformer
a business that is less successful than expected
line
a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
corp, corporation
a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state
copartnership
a partnership in which employees get a share of the profits in addition to their wages
apparel chain
a chain of clothing stores
discount chain
a chain of discount stores
restaurant chain
a chain of restaurants
retail chain
a chain of retail stores
accounting firm
a firm of accountants who provide accounting and auditing services for a fee
consulting company, consulting firm
a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee
publisher, publishing company, publishing firm, publishing house
a firm in the publishing business
dealer
a firm engaged in trading
law firm
a firm of lawyers
armorer, armourer
a manufacturer of firearms
bottler
a manufacturer that makes and bottles beverages
auto maker, auto manufacturer, automaker, car maker, car manufacturer, carmaker
a business engaged in the manufacture of automobiles
computer business
a business that manufactures and sells computers
commodity brokerage
a brokerage firm dealing in commodities
auction house
a firm that conducts auctions
ad agency, advertising agency
an agency that designs advertisement to call public attention to its clients
credit bureau
a private firm that maintains consumer credit data files and provides credit information to authorized users for a fee
detective agency
an agency that makes inquiries for its clients
employment agency, employment office
an agency that finds people to fill particular jobs or finds jobs for unemployed people
commercial agency, mercantile agency
an organization that provides businesses with credit ratings of other firms
news agency, news organisation, news organization, press agency, press association, wire service
an agency to collects news reports for newspapers and distributes it electronically
service agency, service bureau, service firm
a business that makes its facilities available to others for a fee; achieves economy of scale
travel agency
an agency that arranges personal travel
transfer agent
an agency (usually a bank) that is appointed by a corporation to keep records of its stock and bond owners and to resolve problems about certificates
Type of:
enterprise
an organization created for business ventures

n the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

“computers are now widely used in business
Synonyms:
business enterprise, commercial enterprise
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tourism, touristry
the business of providing services to tourists
fishing
the occupation of catching fish for a living
butchering, butchery
the business of a butcher
storage
the commercial enterprise of storing goods and materials
industry, manufacture
the organized action of making of goods and services for sale
field, field of operation, line of business
a particular kind of commercial enterprise
employee-owned business, employee-owned enterprise
a commercial enterprise owned by the people who work for it
finance
the commercial activity of providing funds and capital
discount business
the business of selling merchandise at a discount
real-estate business
the business of selling real estate
advertising, publicizing
the business of drawing public attention to goods and services
publication, publishing
the business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution
printing
the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution
packaging
the business of packing
agribusiness, agriculture, factory farm
a large-scale farming enterprise
building, construction
the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
shipping, transport, transportation
the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
venture
a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit
ecotourism
tourism to exotic or threatened ecosystems to observe wildlife or to help preserve nature
cold storage
refrigerated storage for preservation
stowage, stowing
the act of packing or storing away
tankage
the act of storing in tanks
cottage industry
small-scale industry that can be carried on at home by family members using their own equipment
production
(economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
industrial enterprise, industrialisation, industrialization
the development of industry on an extensive scale
corporate finance
the financial activities of corporation
financing, funding
the act of financing
high finance
large and complex financial transactions (often used with the implication that those individuals or institutions who engage in them are unethical)
investing, investment
the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
floatation, flotation
financing a commercial enterprise by bond or stock shares
banking
transacting business with a bank; depositing or withdrawing funds or requesting a loan etc.
hard sell
forceful and insistent advertising
soft sell
suggestive or persuasive advertising
circularisation, circularization
circulating printed notices as a means of advertising
desktop publishing
(computer science) the use of microcomputers with graphics capacity to produce printed materials
republication, republishing
the act of publishing again
contribution
a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story
serialisation, serialization
publication in serial form
gravure
the act of intaglio printing
issue, publication
the act of issuing printed materials
meat packing, meat-packing business, meatpacking
wholesale packaging of meat for future sale (including slaughtering and processing and distribution to retailers)
unitisation, unitization
the act of packaging cargo into unit loads
jerry-building
construction of inferior buildings for a quick profit
air transport, air transportation
transportation by air
navigation
ship traffic
hauling, truckage, trucking
the activity of transporting goods by truck
freight, freightage
transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates
express, expressage
rapid transport of goods
ferry, ferrying
transport by boat or aircraft
Type of:
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

n the volume of commercial activity

business is good today”
“show me where the business was today”
Types:
patronage, trade
the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
land-office business
very large and profitable volume of commercial activity
custom
habitual patronage
Type of:
business activity, commercial activity
activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise

n business concerns collectively

“Government and business could not agree”
Synonyms:
business sector
Types:
big business
commercial enterprises organized and financed on a scale large enough to influence social and political policies
Type of:
sector
a social group that forms part of the society or the economy

n customers collectively

Synonyms:
clientele, patronage
Type of:
people
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

n a rightful concern or responsibility

“it's none of your business
“mind your own business
Type of:
concern, headache, vexation, worry
something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

n an immediate objective

“gossip was the main business of the evening”
Types:
occasions
something you have to do
Type of:
aim, object, objective, target
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
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n incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect

“his business with the cane was hilarious”
Synonyms:
byplay, stage business
Types:
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
(Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention
Type of:
acting, performing, playacting, playing
the performance of a part or role in a drama

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