- IPA: /ˈbɪz.nɪs/, /ˈbɪz.nɪz/
- (weak vowel) IPA: /ˈbɪz.nəs/, /ˈbɪz.nəz/
- (Southern American English) IPA: /ˈbɪd.nəs/, /ˈbɪd.nəz/
- (countable) A specific commercial enterprise or establishment.
- I was left my father's business.
- (countable) A person's occupation, work, or trade.
- He is in the motor and insurance businesses.
- I'm going to Las Vegas on business.
- (uncountable) Commercial, industrial, or professional activity.
- He's such a poor cook, I can't believe he's still in business!
- We do business all over the world.
- (uncountable) The volume or amount of commercial trade.
- Business has been slow lately.
- They did nearly a million dollars of business over the long weekend.
- (uncountable) One's dealings; patronage.
- I shall take my business elsewhere.
- (uncountable) Private commercial interests taken collectively.
- This proposal will satisfy both business and labor.
- (uncountable) The management of commercial enterprises, or the study of such management.
- I studied business at Harvard.
- (countable) A particular situation or activity.
- This UFO stuff is a mighty strange business.
- (countable) Any activity or objective needing to be dealt with; especially, one of a financial or legal matter.
- Our principal business here is to get drunk.
- Let's get down to business.
- (uncountable) Something involving one personally.
- That's none of your business.
- (uncountable, parliamentary procedure) Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action.
- If that concludes the announcements, we'll move on to new business.
- (travel, uncountable) Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first class and coach.
- (acting) Action carried out with a prop or piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.
- (countable, rare) The collective noun for a group of ferrets.
- (uncountable, slang, British) Something very good; top quality. (possibly from "the bee's knees")
- These new phones are the business!
- (slang, uncountable) Excrement, particularly that of a non-human animal.
- Your ferret left his business all over the floor.
- As the cart went by, its horse lifted its tail and did its business.
- French: entreprise
- German: Geschäft, Unternehmen
- Italian: azienda
- Portuguese: negócio, empresa
- Russian: предприя́тие
- Spanish: empresa
- Russian: де́ло
- German: Geschäft
- Of, to, pertaining to or utilized for purposes of conducting trade, commerce, governance, advocacy or other professional purposes.
- Please do not use this phone for personal calls; it is a business phone.
- Professional, businesslike, having concern for good business practice.
- Supporting business, conducive to the conduct of business.