business


business
noun
1 buying and selling of goods
ADJECTIVE
big
profitable
private
core

It's time to focus on the company's core business.

retail, wholesale
online

Supermarkets are doing more online business.

competitive, tough

Retail is a tough business.

catering, computer, consulting, insurance, investment, etc.

He spent his whole life in the insurance business.

entertainment, movie (esp. AmE), music, newspaper

We're not trying to educate—we're in the entertainment business.

VERB + BUSINESS
carry on (often law), conduct, do, transact (formal)

a company that has ceased to carry on business

He's someone I can do business with (= that I find it easy to deal with).

work in

She works in the computer business.

go into, set up in
go out of

The company went out of business during the recession.

put sb/sth out of

The new regulations will put many small companies out of business.

help

He argues that tax cuts will help business.

understand

Nobody understands the music business better than him.

BUSINESS + NOUN
deal, transaction
opportunity, venture
meeting
lunch
travel, trip
person (see also businessman, businesswoman)
traveller/traveler
expense

Meals are considered a business expense.

community, sector, world
executive, leader, manager

a conference of women business leaders

associate, partner
contact
relationship

They developed a lasting business relationship.

affairs, interests, matters
decision

It was purely a business decision.

ethics
development
investment
secret

to protect business secrets

model, plan, strategy

a business model for using electronic commerce

practice

It's good business practice to listen to your customers.

acumen
card
attire (esp. AmE), suit

He wore a business suit.

hours

You can call the helpline during normal business hours.

school
studies
major (AmE)
park

The company's offices are located in the new business park out of town.

district

the city's main business district

PREPOSITION
in business

He's in business.

What business are you in?

All we need is a car and we'll be in business (= we'll have everything we need to start what we want to do).

on business

I'm going to Paris on business.

PHRASES
business as usual (= things will continue as normal in spite of a difficult situation)

It's business as usual at the factory.

business or pleasure

Is the trip to Rome business or pleasure?

mix business with pleasure

When I travel overseas I like to mix business with pleasure.

my, his, her etc. own business

He left the department to start his own business.

a place of business
2 amount of trade done
ADJECTIVE
brisk, good

Business was brisk and they had sold out by midday.

bad, slack (esp. BrE), slow
new

They've cut their rates to attract new business.

repeat

Our repeat business is 50% or higher.

VERB + BUSINESS
do

They're doing good business in Asia.

attract, drum up, generate

She's in Europe drumming up business for her new company.

tout for (BrE)

insurance salesmen touting for business

affect, hurt

Cheap imports are hurting business for domestic producers.

lose

We're losing business to our main rivals.

handle

We took on temporary staff to handle the extra business.

BUSINESS + VERB
boom, grow

Business is booming for the big pharmaceutical companies.

pick up

After a slack period, business is now picking up.

slow, slow down

Business has slowed considerably in recent months.

3 commercial organization
ADJECTIVE
large, medium-sized, small
new

loans for people to start new businesses

family, family-owned
global, international, local
private
state-owned
booming, lucrative, profitable, successful, thriving, viable

The family owns a booming construction business.

Internet, online, Web

She runs a successful online business.

traditional

Traditional businesses are having to compete with the Internet.

mail-order, retail, wholesale
catering, grocery (esp. AmE), hairdressing, restaurant, etc.

She had her own hairdressing business.

legitimate

These laws make life more difficult for legitimate businesses.

VERB + BUSINESS
have, own
manage, operate, run

It was always my dream to run my own business.

establish, launch, set up, start

They decided to start their own business.

build, build up

We built up the business from nothing.

expand, grow

We are looking to grow the business over the next couple of years.

work in

He works in the family business.

enter, join

After leaving school she entered the family business.

leave
buy, take over
sell
BUSINESS + VERB
do well, flourish, succeed, take off, thrive

After six months the business really took off.

expand, grow

The business is expanding fast.

collapse, fail
be based in

He owns a management consulting business based in Santa Barbara.

BUSINESS + NOUN
assets, premises
failure
owner
4 work/responsibility
ADJECTIVE
daily
real

He needs time and space to get on with the real business of writing.

VERB + BUSINESS
get on with, go about

market traders going about their daily business

make sth

I shall make it my business to find out who is responsible.

PHRASES
have no business doing sth, have no business to do sth (esp. BrE)

You have no business (= no right) being here.

keep your nose out of sb's business, mind your own business

Keep your nose out of my business!

‘What are you reading?’ ‘Mind your own business!’

I was just sitting there, minding my own business, when a man started shouting at me.

no business of yours, none of your business

My private life is none of your business (= does not concern you).

5 important matters
ADJECTIVE
private
important, pressing, urgent
official

This isn't a social call—I've come on official business.

unfinished

We have some unfinished business to discuss.

VERB + BUSINESS
get down to

OK, let's get down to business.

deal with, discuss, talk

I'm not going to talk business tonight.

finish

Jack and I finished our business early, so we went to lunch.

PHRASES
any other business (= items discussed at the end of a meeting)

I think we've finished item four. Now, is there any other business?

mean business (= be serious about doing something)

He says he's going to make changes, and I think he means business.

6 situation/event
ADJECTIVE
whole

I'll be glad when the whole business is over and done with.

dirty, messy

I'm just glad to be out of the whole dirty business.

bad, sorry, terrible (all esp. BrE)

It was a bad business—he couldn't work for months.

funny, strange (esp. BrE)
dangerous, risky, tricky

Changing your life can be a risky business.

serious

Having fun is a serious business.


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