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."

Definitions of business
  1. noun
    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
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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
    gig
    a job, especially a temporary job
    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, internship
    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
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    activity
    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    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 provides a specialized service
    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
    concession
    a small business that operates in a larger business or public place
    competitor
    a company or organization operating in the same market as another
    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
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    enterprise
    an organization created for business ventures
  3. noun
    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
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    commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
    transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
  4. noun
    the volume of commercial activity
    business is good today”
    “show me where the business was today”
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    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
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    business activity, commercial activity
    activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
  5. noun
    business concerns collectively
    “Government and business could not agree”
    synonyms: business sector
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    big business
    commercial enterprises organized and financed on a scale large enough to influence social and political policies
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    sector
    a social group that forms part of the society or the economy
  6. noun
    customers collectively
    synonyms: clientele, patronage
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    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  7. noun
    a rightful concern or responsibility
    “it's none of your business
    “mind your own business
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    concern, headache, vexation, worry
    something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
  8. noun
    an immediate objective
    “gossip was the main business of the evening”
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    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)
  9. noun
    incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
    “his business with the cane was hilarious”
    synonyms: byplay, stage business
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    schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
    (Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention
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    acting, performing, playacting, playing
    the performance of a part or role in a drama
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