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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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