/ˈbɪznəs / (say 'biznuhs)

1. one's occupation, profession, or trade.
2. Economics the sale of goods and services for the purpose of making a profit.
3. Commerce a person, partnership, or corporation engaged in business; an established or going enterprise or concern: a clothing business.
4. volume of trade; patronage.
5. one's place of work.
6. that with which one is principally and seriously concerned.
7. that with which one is rightfully concerned.
8. affair; matter.
9. Aboriginal English
a. the rituals of Aboriginal tradition.
b. Sunday business, such rituals when particularly significant or sacred.
10. Also, stage business. Theatre any deliberate gesture or movement made on stage by an actor which in comedy may be for its own humorous effect, but which more usually advances the dramatic situation.
11. defecation.
12. Colloquial prostitution.
13. be in business,
a. to earn a living from a commercial activity
b. Colloquial to be carrying out an activity, enterprise, etc., successfully.
c. Aboriginal English to be engaged in the performance of traditional rituals.
14. be none of someone's business, to be outside the proper concern of someone, and therefore something in which they should not involve themselves: what I said to him is none of your business.
15. business as usual, the normal state of affairs.
16. do business, Aboriginal English to perform traditional rituals.
17. do the business, Colloquial
a. to perform up to expectation.
b. to complete a task or project.
18. mean business, to be in earnest.
19. mind one's own business, to refrain from becoming involved in someone else's affairs.
20. secret … business, (humorous) the arcane concerns and activities of the group specified: secret bridesmaids' business.
21. (secret) men's businessmen's business.
22. (secret) women's businesswomen's business.
23. see someone about their business, to ensure that someone, considered unwelcome, has departed.
24. the business end,
a. the operational end of a machine, tool, etc.
b. the final stages of a competition, especially in sport.
{Middle English busines, Old English (northern) bisignes. See busy, -ness}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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