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an occupation or trade; a concern: That’s none of your business.; commerce, company: My business is doing very well.
Not to be confused with:
busyness – occupied with meaningless activity; the quality of being busy: Sometimes I get tired of all this busyness.
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1. The activity of buying and selling commodities, products, or services: new systems now being used in business.
2. The amount or volume of this activity: Business was off all day.
a. The variety of this activity in which a person is engaged: the wholesale food business.
b. A specific occupation or pursuit: the best designer in the business.
4. A commercial enterprise or establishment: bought his uncle's construction business.
5. Commercial dealings; patronage: took her business to a trustworthy salesperson.
a. One's rightful or proper concern or interest: "The business of America is business" (Calvin Coolidge).
b. Something involving one personally: It's none of my business.
7. Serious work or endeavor: got right down to business.
8. An affair or matter: "We will proceed no further in this business" (Shakespeare).
9. An incidental action performed by an actor on the stage to fill a pause between lines or to provide interesting detail.
10. Informal Strong verbal criticism; scolding: gave me the business for being late.
11. Informal Urination or defecation: The dog did its business on the lawn.
12. Obsolete The condition of being busy.

[Middle English businesse, from bisi, busy; see busy.]
Synonyms: business, industry, commerce, trade, traffic
These nouns apply to forms of activity that have the objective of supplying products or services for a fee. Business pertains broadly to commercial, financial, and industrial activity, and more narrowly to specific fields or firms engaging in this activity: a company that does business over the internet; went into the software consulting business; owns a dry-cleaning business. Industry entails the production and manufacture of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale: the computer industry. Commerce and trade refer to the exchange and distribution of goods or commodities: laws regulating interstate commerce; involved in the domestic fur trade. Traffic pertains in particular to businesses engaged in the transportation of goods or passengers: renovated the docks to attract shipping traffic. The word may also suggest illegal trade: discovered a brisk traffic in stolen goods.
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1. a trade or profession
2. (Commerce) an industrial, commercial, or professional operation; purchase and sale of goods and services: the tailoring business.
3. (Commerce) a commercial or industrial establishment, such as a firm or factory
4. (Commerce) commercial activity; dealings (esp in the phrase do business)
5. (Commerce) volume or quantity of commercial activity: business is poor today.
6. (Commerce) commercial policy or procedure: overcharging is bad business.
7. proper or rightful concern or responsibility (often in the phrase mind one's own business)
8. a special task; assignment
9. a matter or matters to be attended to: the business of the meeting.
10. an affair; matter: a queer business; I'm tired of the whole business.
11. serious work or activity: get down to business.
12. a complicated affair; rigmarole
13. informal a vaguely defined collection or area: jets, fast cars, and all that business.
14. (Theatre) theatre Also called: stage business an incidental action, such as lighting a pipe, performed by an actor for dramatic effect
15. (Zoology) a group of ferrets
16. euphemistic defecation (esp in the phrase do one's business)
17. slang prostitution
18. like nobody's business informal extremely well or fast
19. mean business to be in earnest
20. do the business informal to achieve what is required: it tastes vile, but it does the business.
[Old English bisignis solicitude, attentiveness, from bisig busy + -nis -ness]
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(ˈbɪz nɪs)

1. an occupation, profession, or trade.
2. the purchase and sale of goods in an attempt to make a profit.
3. a person, partnership, or corporation engaged in commerce, manufacturing, or a service.
4. volume of trade; patronage or custom.
5. a store, office, factory, etc., where commerce is carried on.
6. that with which a person is principally and seriously concerned: Words are a writer's business.
7. something with which a person is rightfully concerned: Their decision is none of my business.
8. affair; project: fed up with the whole business.
9. the business,
a. harsh or duplicitous treatment.
b. a severe scolding: to give someone the business.
10. Also called stage business. a movement or gesture used by an actor to create an effect.
11. excrement: used as a euphemism.
12. of or pertaining to business or its procedures.
13. suitable for or conducive to doing business.
1. get down to business, to apply oneself to serious matters; concentrate on work.
2. mean business, to be in earnest; be entirely serious.
3. mind one's own business, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English bisignes. See busy, -ness]
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 of flies; flies collectively.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.




  1. As oxygen is the disintegrating principle of life, working night and day to dissolve, separate, pull apart and dissipate, so there is something in business that continually tends to scatter, destroy and shift possession from this man to that. A million mice nibble eternally at every business venture —Elbert Hubbard
  2. Business is like a man rowing a boat upstream. He has no choice; he must go ahead or he will go back —Lewis E. Pierson
  3. Business is like oil. It won’t mix with anything but business —J. Grahame
  4. Business … is very much like religion: it is founded on faith —William McFee
  5. Business policy flows downhill from the mountain, like water —Anon
  6. A business without customers is like a computer without bytes —Anon

    As the entries that follow show, this concept lends itself to many additional twists.

  7. A business without customers is like a stage without light —Anon
  8. A business without orders is like a room without windows —Anon
  9. Buying and selling like a Rockefeller —Arthur A. Cohen
  10. A corporation is just like any natural person, except that it has no pants to kick or soul to damn —Ernst and Lindley

    Playwrights Ernst and Lindley wrote this simile to be spoken by a judge in their 1930’s play Hold Your Tongue.

  11. Corporate politics is like the days of Andrew Jackson, the spoils system —Rita Mae Brown

    See Also: POLITICS

  12. Customers drop away like tenpins —Anon
  13. Inventory that just sits there like it’s nailed to the floor —Anthony E. Stockanes
  14. Nowadays almost every business is like show business, including politics, which has become more like show business than show business is —Russell Baker

    See Also: POLITICS

  15. Orders fell like stones —Anon
  16. (Being in the microcomputer business is) risky, like going 55 miles an hour three feet from a cliff. If you make the wrong turn you’re bankrupt so fast you don’t know what hit you —George Morrow, quoted in New York Times, March 11, 1986 when his company went bankrupt

    See Also: DANGER

  17. Some businesses are like desert flowers. They bloom overnight, and they’re gone —George Morrow, quoted New York Times, March 11, 1986

    The first two words are transposed from “Computer companies” to generalize the comparison.


  18. The tide of business, like the running stream, is sometimes high and sometimes low, a quiet ebb, or a tempestuous flow, and always in extreme —John Dryden
  19. Tradespeople are just like gardeners. They take advantage of your not knowing —Agatha Christie
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1. used as an uncountable noun

Business is the work of making, buying, and selling goods or services.

Are you in San Francisco for business or pleasure?

Be Careful!
When you use business in this sense, don't say 'a business'. Don't say, for example, 'We've got a business to do'. You say 'We've got some business to do'.

We may do some business with one of the major software companies in the United States.
We've still got some business to do. Do you mind waiting?

You can talk about a particular area of business using the followed by a noun followed by business.

Cindy works in the music business.
My brother is in the restaurant business.
2. used as a countable noun

A business is a company, shop, or organization that makes and sells goods or provides a service.

He set up a small travel business.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute itbusiness - 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"
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
shipping room - a room where goods are packaged and shipped
enterprise - an organization created for business ventures; "a growing enterprise must have a bold leader"
agency - a business that serves other businesses
brokerage - the business of a broker; charges a fee to arrange a contract between two parties
common carrier, 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; "he worked for a brokerage house"
dealership, franchise - a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area
manufacturer, manufacturing business, maker - 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
division - an administrative unit in government or business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspectsbusiness - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
overcapitalisation, overcapitalization - (business) too much capitalization (the sale of more stock than the business warrants)
tourism, touristry - the business of providing services to tourists; "Tourism is a major business in Bermuda"
operation - the activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.); "her smooth operation of the vehicle gave us a surprisingly comfortable ride"
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
manufacture, industry - the organized action of making of goods and services for sale; "American industry is making increased use of computers to control production"
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
business activity, commercial activity - activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
business - the volume of commercial activity; "business is good today"; "show me where the business was today"
field of operation, line of business, field - a particular kind of commercial enterprise; "they are outstanding in their field"
market, marketplace, market place - the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold; "without competition there would be no market"; "they were driven from the marketplace"
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
publicizing, advertising - the business of drawing public attention to goods and services
publishing, publication - 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; "his business is packaging for transport"
agribusiness, agriculture, factory farm - a large-scale farming enterprise
building, construction - the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones; "their main business is home construction"; "workers in the building trades"
shipping, transport, transportation - the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
venture - a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit
administration, disposal - a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)
establishment - a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
gambling den, gambling hell, gambling house, gaming house - a public building in which a variety of games of chance can be played (operated as a business)
astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness - intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
cinema, film, celluloid - a medium that disseminates moving pictures; "theater pieces transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events"
business people, businesspeople - people who transact business (especially business executives)
business sector, business - business concerns collectively; "Government and business could not agree"
chain - (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership
business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern - 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"
capitalist - a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business)
copartner - a joint partner (as in a business enterprise)
player - an important participant (as in a business deal); "he was a major player in setting up the corporation"
bankroll, roll - a roll of currency notes (often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.); "he shot his roll on a bob-tailed nag"
doldrums, stagnation, stagnancy - a state of inactivity (in business or art etc); "economic growth of less than 1% per year is considered to be economic stagnation" - the principal activity in your life that you do to earn moneybusiness - the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
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; "farming is a strenuous life"; "there's no work on the land any more"
biz, game - your occupation or line of work; "he's in the plumbing game"; "she's in show biz"
calling, career, vocation - the particular occupation for which you are trained
employment, work - the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"
appointment - the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed; "he applied for an appointment in the treasury"
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
salt mine, treadmill - a job involving drudgery and confinement
craft, trade - the skilled practice of a practical occupation; "he learned his trade as an apprentice"
profession - an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
metier, medium - an occupation for which you are especially well suited; "in law he found his true metier"
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 - a rightful concern or responsibility; "it's none of your business"; "mind your own business"
headache, worry, vexation, concern - something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry" - an immediate objective; "gossip was the main business of the evening"
objective, aim, object, target - the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"
occasions - something you have to do; "he minded his own specialized occasions" - the volume of commercial activity; "business is good today"; "show me where the business was today"
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
business activity, commercial activity - activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
trade, patronage - the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers; "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
land-office business - very large and profitable volume of commercial activity - business concerns collectively; "Government and business could not agree"
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
sector - a social group that forms part of the society or the economy; "the public sector"
big business - commercial enterprises organized and financed on a scale large enough to influence social and political policies; "big business is growing so powerful it is difficult to regulate it effectively"
incorporate - form a corporation - customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience" - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effectbusiness - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious"
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention; "play it straight with no shtik"
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1. trade, selling, trading, industry, manufacturing, commerce, dealings, merchandising young people seeking a career in business
2. establishment, company, firm, concern, organization, corporation, venture, enterprise The company was a family business.
3. profession, work, calling, job, line, trade, career, function, employment, craft, occupation, pursuit, vocation, métier May I ask what business you are in?
4. matter, issue, subject, point, problem, question, responsibility, task, duty, function, topic, assignment Parenting can be a stressful business.
5. concern, affair, problem, worry, lookout My sex life is my own business.
mean business be serious, be determined, be resolute, be set on something Now people are starting to realise that he means business.
"Boldness in business is the first, second, and third thing" [Thomas Fuller Gnomologia]
"The business of America is business" [Calvin Coolidge Address to the Society of Newspaper Editors]
"Dispatch is the soul of business, and nothing contributes more to Dispatch than Method" [Lord Chesterfield Letters to His Son]
"Here's the rule for bargains: `Do other men, for they would do you.' That's the true business precept" [Charles Dickens Martin Chuzzlewit]
"business before pleasure"
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1. Activity pursued as a livelihood:
Slang: racket.
Archaic: employ.
2. Commercial, industrial, or professional activity in general:
3. A commercial organization:
Informal: outfit.
4. The commercial transactions of customers with a supplier:
5. Something that concerns or involves one personally:
6. Something to be done, considered, or dealt with:
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أَعْمال تـِجارِيَّةتِجارَه، مُؤَسّّسَةٌ تِجارِيَّه، دُكّانشَأْن، مُهِمَّه، اهْتِماممِهْنَةٌ، وَظيفَه، عَمَل
fyrirtækimál, málefnistarf; verslun, viîskipti
biznieriusdalykiškasfirmakomercinė veiklakomersantas
việc kinh doanh


A. N
1. (= commerce) → negocios mpl, comercio m
business is good at the momentel negocio va bien por el momento
business is businesslos negocios son los negocios
business as usual (= general slogan) → aquí no ha pasado nada; (= notice outside shop) → "seguimos atendiendo al público durante las reformas"
business before pleasureprimero es la obligación que la devoción
to carry on business astener un negocio de
to do business withnegociar con
he's in businessse dedica al comercio
he's in business in Londontrabaja en una empresa comercial de Londres
he's in the selling businessse dedica al comercio
now we're in businessya caminamos
if we can find a car we're in businesssi encontramos un coche empezamos a rodar
to go into businessdedicarse al comercio
the shop is losing businessla tienda está perdiendo clientela
he means businesshabla en serio
I'm here on businessestoy (en viaje) de negocios
to go abroad on businessir al extranjero en viaje de negocios
to go out of businessquebrar
to put sb out of businesshacer que algn quiebre
to set up in business asmontar un negocio de
to set sb up in businessmontar un negocio a algn
to get down to businessir al grano
2. (= firm) → negocio m, empresa f
it's a family businesses una empresa familiar
3. (= trade, profession) → oficio m, ocupación f
what business are you in?¿a qué se dedica usted?
he's got the biggest laugh in the businesstiene la risa más fuerte que hay por aquí
4. (= task, duty, concern) → asunto m, responsabilidad f
to send sb about his businessechar a algn con cajas destempladas
the business before the meeting (frm) → los asuntos a tratar
I have business with the ministertengo asuntos que tratar con el ministro
what business have you to intervene?¿con qué derecho interviene usted?
we're not in business to + INFINno tenemos por costumbre + infin
we are not in the business of subsidizing scroungersno tenemos por costumbre costearles la vida a los gorrones
mind your own business!, none of your business!¡y a ti qué te importa!, ¡no te metas!
that's my businesseso es cosa mía
it is my business to + INFINme corresponde + infin
I will make it my business to tell himyo me encargaré de decírselo
it's no business of mineyo no tengo nada que ver con eso, no es cosa mía
you had no business doing thatno tenías derecho a hacerlo
they're working away like nobody's businessestán trabajando como locos
it's none of his businessno es asunto suyo
any other business (on agenda) → ruegos mpl y preguntas
5. (= affair, matter) → asunto m, cuestión f
the Suez businessel asunto de Suez, la cuestión Suez
it's a nasty businesses un asunto feo
finding a flat can be quite a businessencontrar piso or (LAm) un departamento puede ser muy difícil
did you hear about that business yesterday?¿te contaron algo de lo que pasó ayer?
I can't stand this business of doing nothingno puedo con este plan de no hacer nada
what a business this is!¡vaya lío!
6. (Theat) → acción f, gag m
7. the dog did its businessel perro hizo sus necesidades
8. he's/it's the businesses fantástico
B. CPD business address Ndirección f comercial or profesional
business administration N (as course) → administración f de empresas
business agent Nagente mf de negocios
business associate Nsocio/a m/f, asociado/a m/f
business card Ntarjeta f de visita
business centre, business center (US) Ncentro m financiero
business class N (Aer) → clase f preferente
business college Nescuela f de administración de empresas
business consultancy Nasesoría f empresarial
business consultant Nasesor(a) m/f de empresas
business deal Ntrato m comercial
business district Nzona f comercial
business end N (fig) [of tool, weapon] → punta f
business expenses NPLgastos mpl (comerciales)
business hours NPLhoras fpl de oficina
business language Nlenguaje m comercial
business lunch Ncomida f de negocios
business machines NPLmáquinas fpl para la empresa
business management Ndirección f empresarial
business manager N (Comm, Ind) → director(a) m/f comercial, gerente mf comercial (Theat) → secretario/a m/f
business park Nparque m industrial
business people NPLempresarios mpl, gente f de negocios
business plan Nplan m de empresa
business practice Npráctica f empresarial
business premises NPLlocal msing comercial
business school N = business college business sense Ncabeza f para los negocios
business Spanish Nespañol m comercial
(Faculty of) Business Studies N(Facultad f de) Ciencias fpl Empresariales
business suit Ntraje m de oficina or de calle
business trip Nviaje m de negocios
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[ˈbɪznɪs] n
(= firm) → entreprise f, affaire f
He's got his own business → Il a sa propre entreprise.
(= trade) → affaires fpl
to do business with sb → traiter avec qn
to lose business → perdre des clients
to go out of business → cesser ses activités
to be in business [company] → faire des affaires
it's business as usual (fig)la vie continue
(= commerce) → commerce m
(= work)
I'm here on business → Je suis là pour affaires.
to be away on business (long trip)être en voyage d'affaires; (short trip)être en déplacement
He's away on business for the week → Il est en voyage d'affaires pour toute la semaine.
to get down to business → passer aux choses sérieuses
to mean business → être sérieux/euse
He means business → Il ne plaisante pas., Il est sérieux.
(= sector) → secteur m
He's in the insurance business → Il est dans les assurances., Il est dans le secteur des assurances.
in the hotel business → dans l'hôtellerie or dans le secteur de l'hôtellerie
I'm not in the business of ... (fig)mon but n'est pas de ...
(= matters) → affaires fpl
family business → affaires fpl de famille
(= concern) it's none of your business → cela ne te regarde pas
it's none of my business → cela ne me regarde pas
mind your own business → mêlez-vous de vos affaires, mêlez-vous de ce qui vous regarde
that's my business → c'est mon affaire
to have no business doing sth (= right) → n'avoir aucun droit de faire qch
I had no business being there at all → Je n'avais aucun droit d'être là.
to make it one's business to do sth → se charger de faire qch
to be the business → être génial(e)business account ncompte m professionnelbusiness address nadresse f professionnellebusiness angel n (= backer) → bailleur m de fondsbusiness associate nconnaissance f professionnellebusiness card ncarte f de visite (professionnelle)business class
nclasse f affaires
to fly business class → voyager en classe affaires
adj [seat] → en or de classe affairesbusiness deal naffaire fbusiness district nquartier m des affairesbusiness expense nfrais mpl professionnelsbusiness hours npl [shops] → heures fpl d'ouverture; [offices] → heures fpl de bureaubusiness letter nlettre f commerciale
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no pl (= commerce)Geschäft nt; (= line of business)Branche f; to be in businessGeschäftsmann sein; I am in business with himich habe geschäftlich mit ihm zu tun; to go into businessGeschäftsmann werden; to go into business with somebodymit jdm ein Geschäft gründen; what line of business is she in?was macht sie beruflich?; to be in the publishing/insurance businessim Verlagswesen/der Versicherungsbranche tätig sein; to set up in businessein Geschäft gründen; to set up in business as a butcher/lawyer etcsich als Fleischer/Rechtsanwalt etc niederlassen; to go out of businesszumachen; to do business with somebodyGeschäfte plmit jdm machen; business is businessGeschäft ist Geschäft; “business as usual” (during renovation etc) → das Geschäft bleibt geöffnet; it’s business as usualalles geht wie gewohnt weiter; how’s business?wie gehen die Geschäfte?; business is gooddie Geschäfte gehen gut; to look for businesssich nach Aufträgen umsehen; to go to Paris on businessgeschäftlich nach Paris fahren; he is here/away on businesser ist geschäftlich hier/unterwegs; to know one’s businessseine Sache verstehen; to get down to businesszur Sache kommen; to combine or mix business with pleasuredas Angenehme mit dem Nützlichen verbinden; you shouldn’t mix business with pleasureman sollte Geschäftliches und Vergnügen trennen; looking for business? (asked by prostitute) → na, Süßer, wie wärs?
(fig inf) now we’re in businessjetzt kanns losgehen (inf); to mean businesses ernst meinen; it’s/she’s the businessdas/sie ist spitze (inf)
(= commercial enterprise)Geschäft nt, → Betrieb m; a small businessein kleines Unternehmen; a family businessein Familienunternehmen nt
(= concern)Sache f, → Angelegenheit f; (= task, duty also)Aufgabe f; that’s my businessdas ist meine Sache or Angelegenheit; that’s no business of mine/yours, that’s none of my/your businessdas geht mich/dich nichts an; to make it one’s business to do somethinges sich (dat)zur Aufgabe machen, etw zu tun; you should make it your business to see that all the products …Sie sollten sich darum kümmern, dass alle Produkte; you’ve no business doing thatdu hast kein Recht, das zu tun; we are not in the business of doing thates ist nicht unsere Aufgabe, das zu tun; to send somebody about his businessjdn in seine Schranken weisen; I must be about my business (form)ich muss (jetzt) meinen Geschäften nachgehen ? mind
(= difficult job)Problem nt
(inf: = affair) → Sache f; I am tired of this protest businessich hab genug von dieser Protestiererei (inf); moving house can be a costly/stressful businessein Umzug kann ganz schön teuer/stressig sein ? funny
(inf, = defecation: of dog, child) → Geschäft nt (inf); to do one’s businesssein Geschäft machen or verrichten (inf)


business acumen
nGeschäftstüchtigkeit f, → Geschäftssinn m
business address
business associate
nGeschäftsfreund(in) m(f); (= business partner)Geschäftspartner(in) m(f)
business card
n(Visiten)karte f
business centre, (US) business center
business class
nBusinessclass f, → Businessklasse f
business college
nWirtschaftshochschule f
business consultant
nBetriebsberater(in) m(f)
business culture
nGeschäftskultur f
business development loan
nInvestitionskredit m
business end
n (inf, of knife, chisel etc) → scharfes Ende; (of rifle etc)Lauf m
business expenses
plSpesen pl
business hours
business letter
nGeschäftsbrief m


business lunch
nGechäftsessen nt
business management
nBetriebswirtschaft(slehre) f
business manager
n (for theatre) → Verwaltungsdirektor(in) m(f); (of pop star etc)Manager(in) m(f)
business model
nGeschäftsmodell nt
business park
business people
plGeschäftsleute pl
business plan
nGeschäftsplan m
business practices
plGeschäftsgebaren nt no pl
business proposition
n (= proposal)Geschäftsangebot nt; (= idea)Geschäftsvorhaben nt
business school
nWirtschaftsschule f
business sense
business studies
business suit
nStraßenanzug m
business trip
business year
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1. n
a. (commerce, trading) → affari mpl
selling books is her business → di mestiere vende libri
he's in the insurance business → lavora nel campo delle assicurazioni
he's in the wool business → è nel commercio della lana
I'm here on business → sono qui per affari
to be away on business → essere via per affari
to do business with sb → fare affari con qn
let's get down to business (fam) → bando alle chiacchiere
business is business → gli affari sono affari
now we're in business! → ci siamo!
she means business → fa sul serio, non scherza
b. (firm) → impresa, azienda
to set up a business → metter su un'impresa
it's a family business → è un'impresa familiare
c. (task, duty, concern, matter) → affare m
to make it one's business to do sth → incaricarsi di fare qc
that's none of your business → non sono affari tuoi, non ti riguarda
that's my business → (è) affar mio, (sono) affari miei
it's his business to see that ... → spetta a lui accertarsi che...
you had no business to do that → non stava a te farlo
mind your own business → bada ai fatti tuoi, non t'impicciare
d. (fam) (affair, matter) → storia, faccenda
what an awful business it was! → che orrore che è stato!
it's a nasty business → è una brutta faccenda, è un brutto affare
2. adj (deal, quarter, relationship) → d'affari; (studies) → commerciale
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(ˈbiznis) noun
1. occupation; buying and selling. Selling china is my business; The shop does more business at Christmas than at any other time.
2. a shop, a firm. He owns his own business.
3. concern. Make it your business to help him; Let's get down to business (= Let's start the work etc that must be done).
ˈbusinesslike adjective
practical; alert and prompt. a businesslike approach to the problem; She is very businesslike.
ˈbusinessmanfeminine ˈbusinesswoman noun
a person who makes a living from some form of trade or commerce, not from one of the professions.
on business
in the process of doing business or something official.
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