- 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."Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" [Luke ii. 49.]
- Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession."The businessof instruction." [Prescott.]
- Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions."It seldom happens that men of a studious turn acquire any degree of reputation for their knowledge of business." [Bp. Popteus.]
- That which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission."The daughter of the King of France, On serious business, craving quick despatch, Importunes personal conference." [Shak.]"What business has the tortoise among the clouds?" [L'Estrange.]
- Affair; concern; matter; -- used in an indefinite sense, and modified by the connected words."It was a gentle business, and becoming The action of good women." [Shak.]"Bestow Your needful counsel to our business." [Shak.]
- [Drama] The position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by the stage manager in rehearsal.
- Care; anxiety; diligence.(Obs)synonyms: Affairs; concern; transaction; matter; engagement; employment; calling; occupation; trade; profession; vocation; office; duty.
Etymology: From Busy