What is business?

  • (noun): Business concerns collectively.
    Example: "Government and business could not agree"
    Synonyms: business sector
    See also — Additional definitions below


A business (also known as enterprise or firm) is an organization engaged in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers. Businesses are predominant in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and administered to earn profit to increase the wealth of their owners. Businesses may also be not-for-profit or state-owned. A business owned by multiple individuals may be referred to as a company, although that term also has a more precise meaning.

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Some articles on business:

Hyundai Motor Company - History - Business
... Hyundai has invested in manufacturing plants in the North America, India, Czech Republic, Pakistan, China and Turkey as well as research and development centers in Europe, Asia, North America, and the Pacific Rim ... In 2004, Hyundai Motor Company had $57.2 billion in sales in South Korea making it the country's second largest corporation, or chaebol ...
Virgin Group
... is a British multinational branded venture capital conglomerate company founded by business tycoon Richard Branson ... Its core business areas are travel, entertainment and lifestyle and it consists of more than 400 companies worldwide ... House, who class it as a holding company however Virgin's business and trading activities date to the 1970s ...
Kingston University - Academics - Faculties - Faculty of Business and Law
... Based at the Kingston Hill campus and incorporating the Kingston University Business School and Kingston Law School ... The Faculty of Business and Law offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as executive education in the five following groupings Law, Accounting and Finance ... The Business School was the first in the world to receive AMBA accreditation for its MBA, DBA and Masters in Business Management ...
Sun Myung Moon - Business Interests
... The Unification Church's business holdings include the UPI, The Washington Times, and the Tongil Group, one of the largest South Korean business groups or chaebol with business interests ... In the 1990s, Moon's ownership of major business enterprises, including The Washington Times, the United Press International, and Pyeonghwa Motors was noted in the media ...
Business - Organization and Government Regulation - Intellectual Property
... of the nature of intellectual property, a business needs protection in every jurisdiction in which they are concerned about competitors ...

More definitions of "business":

  • (noun): The volume of business activity.
    Example: "Business is good today"; "show me where the business was today"
  • (noun): Incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect.
    Example: "His business with the cane was hilarious"
    Synonyms: stage business, byplay
  • (noun): A rightful concern or responsibility.
    Example: "It's none of your business"; "mind your own business"
  • (noun): An immediate objective.
    Example: "Gossip was the main business of the evening"
  • (noun): The activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects.
    Example: "Computers are now widely used in business"
    Synonyms: commercial enterprise, business enterprise
  • (noun): The principal activity in your life that you do to earn money.
    Example: "He's not in my line of business"
    Synonyms: occupation, job, line of work, line

Famous quotes containing the word business:

    Our business is to have great credit and to use it little.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    I have always had something to live besides a personal life. And I suspected very early that to live merely in an experience of, in an expression of, in a positive delight in the human cliches could be no business of mine.
    Margaret Anderson (1886–1973)

    It is hard to say which is the greatest fool: he who tells the whole truth, or he who tells no truth at all. Character is as necessary in business as in trade. No man can deceive often in either.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)