- a person, partnership, or corporation engaged in commerce, manufacturing, or a service; profit-seeking enterprise or concern.
- an organization which produces and sells goods or which provides a service.
- the purchase and sale of goods in an attempt to make a profit.
- how many products or services a company is able to sell.
- A person’s regular occupation, profession, or trade.
- Work that has to be done or matters that have to be attended to.
- An activity that someone is engaged in.
- A person’s concern.
- a matter, affair, activity,
- a complicated affair; rigmarole
- a vaguely defined collection or area a vaguely defined collection or area
- work or some other activity that you do as part of your job and not for pleasure.
- an incidental action, such as lighting a pipe, performed by an actor for dramatic effect
- a group of ferrets
- commercial activity
- commercial practice or policy
- the trade or patronage of customers
- Trade considered in terms of its volume or profitability.
- a building or site where commercial work is carried on, as a factory, store, or office; place of work
- A situation or series of events, typically a scandalous or discreditable one.
Old English bisignis ‘anxiety’ (see busy, -ness); the sense ‘state of being busy’ was used from Middle English down to the 18th century, but is now differentiated as busyness. The use ‘appointed task’ dates from late Middle English, and from it all the other current senses have developed.
field, work, employment, trade, firm, shop, corporation, partnership, factory, store, venture, house, organization, institution, market, transaction, deal, industry, trading, manufacturing, calling, vocation, employment, commerce, traffic, company