These nouns apply to forms of activity that have the objective of supplying products or services for a fee. Business pertains broadly to commercial, financial, and industrial activity, and more narrowly to specific fields or firms engaging in this activity: a company that does business over the internet; went into the software consulting business; owns a dry-cleaning business. Industry entails the production and manufacture of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale: the computer industry. Commerce and trade refer to the exchange and distribution of goods or commodities: laws regulating interstate commerce; involved in the domestic fur trade. Traffic pertains in particular to businesses engaged in the transportation of goods or passengers: renovated the docks to attract shipping traffic. The word may also suggest illegal trade: discovered a brisk traffic in stolen goods.
- As oxygen is the disintegrating principle of life, working night and day to dissolve, separate, pull apart and dissipate, so there is something in business that continually tends to scatter, destroy and shift possession from this man to that. A million mice nibble eternally at every business venture Elbert Hubbard
- Business is like a man rowing a boat upstream. He has no choice; he must go ahead or he will go back Lewis E. Pierson
- Business is like oil. It won t mix with anything but business J. Grahame
- Business is very much like religion: it is founded on faith William McFee
- Business policy flows downhill from the mountain, like water Anon
- A business without customers is like a computer without bytes Anon
As the entries that follow show, this concept lends itself to many additional twists.
Playwrights Ernst and Lindley wrote this simile to be spoken by a judge in their 1930 s play Hold Your Tongue.
The first two words are transposed from Computer companies to generalize the comparison.
Business is the work of making, buying, and selling goods or services.
When you use business in this sense, don’t say ‘a business’. Don’t say, for example, ‘ We’ve got a business to do ‘. You say ‘We’ve got some business to do’.
You can talk about a particular area of business using the followed by a noun followed by business.
A business is a company, shop, or organization that makes and sells goods or provides a service.