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Usage statistics for the noun business:

spoken English37.63%written English62.37% conversational speech22.89%task-oriented speech77.11% imaginative writing36.89%informational writing63.11%
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The word business is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun business

What does business mean as a name of something?

Business is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: businesses

  1. a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
    • examples: he bought his brother's business | a small mom-and-pop business | a racially integrated business concern
    • domain: business enterprise / commercial enterprise
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of business: business concern / business organisation / business organization / concern
    • more generic word: enterprise = an organization created for business ventures
    • more specific terms:
      • agency = a business or organization that provides a particular service, especially the mediation of transactions between two parties
      • brokerage = the business of a broker
      • common carrier / carrier = a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages
      • chain = a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership
      • business firm / house / firm = 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
      • manufacturing business / manufacturer / 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
    • member: division = an administrative unit in government or business
  2. the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  3. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  4. a rightful concern or responsibility
    • examples: it's none of your business | mind your own business
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: concern / headache / vexation / worry = something or someone that causes anxiety
  5. an immediate objective
    • example: gossip was the main business of the evening
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: aim / object / objective / target = the goal intended to be attained
    • more specific word: occasions = something you have to do
  6. the volume of commercial activity
  7. business concerns collectively
    • example: Government and business could not agree
    • domain: business enterprise / commercial enterprise
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of business: business sector
    • more generic word: sector = a social group that forms part of the society or the economy
    • more specific term: big business = commercial enterprises organized and financed on a scale large enough to influence social and political policies
  8. customers collectively
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of business: clientele / patronage
    • more generic word: people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  9. incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect

Alternative definition of the noun business


  1. [countable] A specific commercial enterprise or establishment.
  2. [countable] A person's occupation, work, or trade.
  3. [uncountable] Commercial, industrial, or professional activity.
  4. [uncountable] The volume or amount of commercial trade.
  5. [uncountable] One's dealings; patronage.
  6. [uncountable] Private commercial interests taken collectively.
  7. [uncountable] The management of commercial enterprises, or the study of such management.
  8. [countable] A particular situation or activity.
  9. [countable] An objective or a matter needing to be dealt with.
  10. [uncountable] Something involving one personally.
  11. [uncountable, parliamentary procedure] Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action.
  12. [travel, uncountable] Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first class and coach.
  13. [acting] Action carried out with a prop or piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.
  14. [countable, rare] The collective noun for a group of ferrets.
  15. [uncountable, slang, British] Something very good; top quality. (possibly from "the bee's knees")
  16. [slang, uncountable] Excrement, particularly that of a non-human animal.

Definition of the adjective business

What does business mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more business / most business

  1. Of, to, pertaining to or utilized for purposes of conducting trade, commerce, governance, advocacy or other professional purposes.
  2. Professional, businesslike, having concern for good business practice.
  3. Supporting business, conducive to the conduct of business.


Business a.k.a. The Business are an English Oi!/punk rock band formed in 1979 in Lewisham, South London. Their album Suburban Rebels became influential in the Oi! movement. Their biggest hit song in recent times, "England 5 - Germany 1", became a football anthem for England.


Business is a fictional character from the 2011 TV series The Lebrons.


  1. "Business" is a song by American rapper Eminem, released on July 7, 2003, as the fifth and final single from The Eminem Show. The single was not released in the United States.
  2. "Business" is the debut EP from New Jersey, rock band Jet Lag Gemini,. Recorded in Madison, NJ at Northshore Studios when two of the band members were still 15 years old, the EP was released June 6, 2006 on Doghouse Records.
  3. "Business" is the 2003 single by Eminem.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  4. "Business" is a musical single of Kinane.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  5. "Business" is a composition.
  6. "Business" is a musical single of Guè Pequeno.
    • released on
  7. "Business" is a composition.


"Business" is a 2013 short film written and directed by Manu Coeman.


"Business" is a painting by American artist Charles Demuth.

  • begun in (95 years ago)


  1. Business – first Ukrainian specialized TV channel for business-community. Established in 2007.
  2. Business is a Ukrainian Russian-language weekly business newspaper published every Monday.
  3. Business a.k.a. Business Service is a contact category.
    • also known as Obsługa Klienta Biznesowego
  4. Business is a film genre.

Phrases with Business

Phrases starting with the word Business:

  1. Business day
  2. business end
  3. business card
  4. business deal
  5. business firm
  6. Business Girl
  7. business life
  8. business line
  9. business loan
  10. business news
  11. Business park
  12. Business plan

Phrases ending with the word Business:

  1. E-Business
  2. M-Business
  3. By-Business
  4. Do Business
  5. In Business
  6. big business
  7. oil business
  8. toy business

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Business

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Google previewMethodology of Business Studies (2010)

by Emmanuel

Owning a business is a boon, provided you get into it the right way and know what to expect and what to do, otherwise, it can be...

Google previewPolicy Reconsidered (2007)

Meanings, Politics and Practices by Susan M. Hodgson, Zoë Irving

Here the term business refers to private profit-making institutions (firms) and the class of people that own or manage those institutions. The first half of the chapter theorises business power and influence. It argues that both are variable forces in ...

Google previewResponsible Restructuring: Creative and Profitable Alternatives to Layoffs (Large Print 16pt) (2011)

by Wayne Cascio

Reflexite's business is the management of light. It produces materials used in the manufacture of items such as street signs and reflective clothing used by fire, police, and road-building personnel. Its Reflective Products Business is the largest ...

Google previewSummary: Money Hunt (2014)

Review and Analysis of Spencer and Ennico's Book by BusinessNews Publishing

Rule #2: sTaRTing and gRowing youR own business is The loneliesT job in The woRld – TheRe's no one else To blame. The nature of the task guarantees that building a business is a lonely and sometimes thankless assignment. If funding is ...

Google previewOpting In (2013)

Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product Manager by Ed Brill

Social business is a broader subject matter than social media; social business is a cultural transformation of an organization and its relationships with customers, suppliers, partners, and the marketplace. • Social business, while trendy, is not a ...

Google previewCambridge Business English Dictionary (2011)

by Cambridge University Press

Publisher Stella O'Shea Development Editor Helen Waterhouse Project Manager Della Summers Business Content Consultant Bill Mascull Study pages ]oy Godwin With additional materials by: Dr Raquele de Felice and Dr Ron Martinez ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Analytics and Optimization (2014)

by Wang, John

Business. Analytics. in. Retail. Min Gan Deakin University, Australia Honghua Dai Deakin University, Australia INTRODUCTION Large volumes of retail transaction data have been accumulated since the use of point of sale (POS) machines ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business in Today's World (2009)

A - C by Charles Wankel

Business in today's world is one of increasing diversity. Undertaking commerce even by an individual can mean working globally through a welter of new media with opportunities of all sorts rapidly appearing. The boundaries, scope, content, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2008)

by Robert W. Kolb

Situation Ethics Slavery Slippery Slope Argument Small Business Administration (SBA) ...

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Usage statistics about business

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun business:

spoken English37.63%written English62.37% conversational speech22.89%task-oriented speech77.11% imaginative writing36.89%informational writing63.11%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun business:


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Quotes about Business

In a family business, you grow up with close contact to the business, whatever it is, and the beer business is certainly a very social type of business. (Carlos Alvarez)
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Scrabble value of B3U1S1I1N1E1S1S1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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