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 for business
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Business \Busi"ness\ (b[i^]z"n[e^]s), n.; pl. Businesses
     (b[i^]z"n[e^]s*[e^]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?
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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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              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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who
           constitute it; "he bought his brother's business"; "a small
           mom-and-pop business"; "a racially integrated business
           concern" [syn: business, concern, business concern,
           business organization, business organisation]
      2: the activity of providing goods and services involving
         financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers
         are now widely used in business" [syn: commercial
         enterprise, business enterprise, business]
      3: the principal activity in your life that you do to earn
         money; "he's not in my line of business" [syn: occupation,
         business, job, line of work, line]
      4: a rightful concern or responsibility; "it's none of your
         business"; "mind your own business"
      5: an immediate objective; "gossip was the main business of the
      6: the volume of commercial activity; "business is good today";
         "show me where the business was today"
      7: business concerns collectively; "Government and business
         could not agree" [syn: business, business sector]
      8: customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele"
         [syn: clientele, patronage, business]
      9: incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic
         effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious" [syn:
         business, stage business, byplay]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  214 Moby Thesaurus words for "business":
     Aktiengesellschaft, acting, action, activeness, activism, activity,
     affair, aktiebolag, allegiance, area, art, assigned task, attempt,
     balance of trade, big business, body corporate, bounden duty,
     buffoonery, burden, business dealings, business establishment,
     call of duty, calling, career, career building, careerism, cartel,
     chamber of commerce, characterization, charge, combine, commerce,
     commercial, commercial affairs, commercial enterprise,
     commercial relations, commitment, compagnie, company, concern,
     concernment, conglomerate, conglomerate corporation,
     consolidating company, consortium, contract, copartnership,
     corporate body, corporation, craft, custom, deal, dealing,
     dealings, dedication, deference, devoir, devotion, dingus,
     diversified corporation, dofunny, doing, doings,
     duties and responsibilities, duty, effort, employment, engagement,
     enterprise, establishment, ethics, fair trade, fealty, firm,
     free trade, function, gadget, gag, game, gizmo, goings-on, ham,
     hammy acting, handicraft, hoke, hokum, holding company, homage,
     hootenanny, house, imperative, impersonation, industrial, industry,
     intercourse, interest, issue, jigger, job, joint-stock association,
     joint-stock company, lifework, line, line of business,
     line of duty, line of work, lookout, loyalty, market, marketing,
     matter, mercantile, mercantile business, merchant, merchantry,
     metier, militancy, mimesis, mimicking, mimicry, miming, mission,
     motion, movement, multilateral trade, mummery, must, mystery,
     number, obligation, occasions, occupation, office, onus,
     operating company, operation, organization, ought, outfit,
     overacting, palaver, pantomiming, partnership, patter, performance,
     performing, personation, place, plan, playacting, playing,
     plunderbund, point, political activism, pool, portrayal, practice,
     problem, proceeding, proceedings, profession, program, project,
     projection, proposition, proprietorship, province, public utility,
     pursuit, question, racket, reciprocal trade, representation,
     respect, responsibility, restraint of trade, retail, role,
     self-imposed duty, slapstick, small business, specialization,
     specialty, stage business, stage directions, stage presence, stir,
     stock company, stunt, subject, syndicate, taking a role, task,
     the business world, the marketplace, thing, thingumajig, topic,
     trade, trade association, trading, traffic, transaction, truck,
     trust, undertaking, unilateral trade, utility, venture, vocation,
     walk, walk of life, wholesale, work

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