1. a person, partnership, or corporation engaged in commerce, manufacturing, or a service; profit-seeking enterprise or concern.
  2. an organization which produces and sells goods or which provides a service.
  3. the purchase and sale of goods in an attempt to make a profit.
  4. how many products or services a company is able to sell.
  5. A person’s regular occupation, profession, or trade.
  6. Work that has to be done or matters that have to be attended to.
  7. An activity that someone is engaged in.
  8. A person’s concern.
  9. a matter, affair, activity,
  10. a complicated affair; rigmarole
  11. a vaguely defined collection or area a vaguely defined collection or area
  12. work or some other activity that you do as part of your job and not for pleasure.
  13. an incidental action, such as lighting a pipe, performed by an actor for dramatic effect
  14. a group of ferrets
  15. commercial activity
  16. commercial practice or policy
  17. the trade or patronage of customers
  18. Trade considered in terms of its volume or profitability.
  19. a building or site where commercial work is carried on, as a factory, store, or office; place of work
  20. 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.

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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


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