Business

Definition of Business

Busi´ness   Pronunciation: bĭz´nĕs
n.1.That which busies one, or that which engages the time, attention, or labor of any one, as his principal concern or interest, whether for a longer or shorter time; constant employment; regular occupation; as, the business of life; business before pleasure.
Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
- Luke ii. 49.
2.Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession.
3.Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions.
It seldom happens that men of a studious turn acquire any degree of reputation for their knowledge of business.
- Bp. Popteus.
4.That which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission.
What business has the tortoise among the clouds?
- L'Estrange.
5.Affair; concern; matter; - used in an indefinite sense, and modified by the connected words.
It was a gentle business, and becoming
The action of good women.
- Shak.
Bestow
Your needful counsel to our business.
- Shak.
6.(Drama) The position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by the stage manager in rehearsal.
7.Care; anxiety; diligence.
To do one's business
to ruin one.
To make (a thing) one's business
to occupy one's self with a thing as a special charge or duty.
- Wycherley.
To mean business
to be earnest.

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