Business

Busi"ness

(bz"ns), n.;
pl. Businesses (bz"ns*z).
[From Busy.] 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.
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Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
Luke ii. 49.
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2. Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession. "The business of instruction." Prescott.
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3. Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions.
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It seldom happens that men of a studious turn acquire any degree of reputation for their knowledge of business.
Bp. Popteus.
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4. That which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission.
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The daughter of the King of France,
On serious business, craving quick despatch,
Importunes personal conference.
Shak.
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What business has the tortoise among the clouds?
L'Estrange.
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5. Affair; concern; matter; -- used in an indefinite sense, and modified by the connected words.
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It was a gentle business, and becoming
The action of good women.
Shak.
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Bestow
Your needful counsel to our business.
Shak.
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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.
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7. Care; anxiety; diligence. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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To do one's business, to ruin one. [Colloq.] Wycherley. -- To make (a thing) one's business, to occupy one's self with a thing as a special charge or duty. [Colloq.] -- To mean business, to be earnest. [Colloq.]
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Syn. -- Affairs; concern; transaction; matter; engagement; employment; calling; occupation; trade; profession; vocation; office; duty.
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