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English noun: business

1. business (group) a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it


SamplesHe bought his brother's business.
A small mom-and-pop business.
A racially integrated business concern.


Synonymsbusiness concern, business organisation, business organization, concern


Broader (hypernym)enterprise


Narrower (hyponym)agency, brokerage, business firm, carrier, chain, common carrier, dealership, firm, franchise, house, maker, manufacturer, manufacturing business, partnership, processor, shipbuilder, underperformer


Member holonymdivision


Domain categorybusiness, business enterprise, commercial enterprise


Domain category membersshipping room

2. business (act) the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects


SamplesComputers are now widely used in business.


Synonymsbusiness enterprise, commercial enterprise


Broader (hypernym)commerce, commercialism, mercantilism


Narrower (hyponym)advertising, agribusiness, agriculture, building, butchering, butchery, construction, discount business, employee-owned business, employee-owned enterprise, factory farm, field, field of operation, finance, fishing, industry, line of business, manufacture, packaging, printing, publication, publicizing, publishing, real-estate business, shipping, storage, tourism, touristry, transport, transportation, venture


Part holonymbusiness activity, commercial activity


Part meronymmarket, market place, marketplace


Domain category membersadministration, astuteness, bankroll, business, business, business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, business people, business sector, businesspeople, capitalist, celluloid, chain, cinema, concern, copartner, disposal, doldrums, dull, establishment, film, gambling den, gambling hell, gambling house, gaming house, hostile, intangible, operation, overcapitalisation, overcapitalization, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, player, privatise, privatize, roll, shrewdness, slow, sluggish, stagnancy, stagnation, tangible

3. business (act) the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money


SamplesHe's not in my line of business.


Synonymsjob, line, line of work, occupation


Broader (hypernym)activity


Narrower (hyponym)accountancy, accounting, appointment, berth, billet, biz, calling, career, catering, confectionery, craft, employment, farming, game, land, medium, metier, office, photography, place, position, post, profession, salt mine, situation, sport, spot, trade, treadmill, vocation, work

4. business (cognition) a rightful concern or responsibility


SamplesIt's none of your business.
Mind your own business.


Broader (hypernym)concern, headache, vexation, worry

5. business (cognition) an immediate objective


SamplesGossip was the main business of the evening.


Broader (hypernym)aim, object, objective, target


Narrower (hyponym)occasions

6. business (act) the volume of commercial activity


SamplesBusiness is good today.
Show me where the business was today.


Broader (hypernym)business activity, commercial activity


Narrower (hyponym)land-office business, patronage, trade


Domain categorybusiness, business enterprise, commercial enterprise

7. business (group) business concerns collectively


SamplesGovernment and business could not agree.


Synonymsbusiness sector


Broader (hypernym)sector


Narrower (hyponym)big business


Domain categorybusiness, business enterprise, commercial enterprise


Domain category membersincorporate

8. business (group) customers collectively


SamplesThey have an upper class clientele.


Synonymsclientele, patronage


Broader (hypernym)people

9. business (act) incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect


SamplesHis business with the cane was hilarious.


Synonymsbyplay, stage business


Broader (hypernym)acting, performing, playacting, playing


Narrower (hyponym)schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik









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