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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Busi"ness
  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."Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" [Luke ii. 49.]
  2. Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession."The businessof instruction." [Prescott.]
  3. 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.]
  4. 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.]
  5. 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.]
  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.
  7. Care; anxiety; diligence.(Obs)
    synonyms: Affairs; concern; transaction; matter; engagement; employment; calling; occupation; trade; profession; vocation; office; duty.

Etymology: From Busy

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect ("his business with the cane was hilarious")
  2. The principal activity in your life that you do to earn money ("he's not in my line of business")
  3. The activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects ("computers are now widely used in business")
  4. The volume of commercial activity ("business is good today" and "show me where the business was today")
  5. A rightful concern or responsibility ("it's none of your business" and "mind your own business")
  6. An immediate objective ("gossip was the main business of the evening")
  7. Business concerns collectively ("Government and business could not agree")
  8. A commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it ("he bought his brother's business", "a small mom-and-pop business", and "a racially integrated business concern")
  9. Customers collectively

From Middle English busines, bisynes, from Old English bisiġnes (“business, busyness”), equivalent to busy +‎ -ness. Compare also busyness.

  1. (countable) A specific commercial enterprise or establishment.
    I was left my father's .
  2. (countable) A person's occupation, work, or trade.
    He is in the motor and insurance .
    I'm going to Las Vegas on .
  3. (uncountable) Commercial, industrial, or professional activity.
    He's such a poor cook, I can't believe he's still in !
    We do all over the world.
  4. (uncountable) The volume or amount of commercial trade.
    has been slow lately.
    They did nearly a million dollars of over the long weekend.
  5. (uncountable) One's dealings; patronage.
    I shall take my elsewhere.
  6. (uncountable) Private commercial interests taken collectively.
    This proposal will satisfy both and labor.
  7. (uncountable) The management of commercial enterprises, or the study of such management.
    I studied at Harvard.
  8. (countable) A particular situation or activity.
    This UFO stuff is a mighty strange .
  9. (countable) An objective or a matter needing to be dealt with.
    Our principal here is to get drunk.
    Let's get down to .
  10. (uncountable) Something involving one personally.
    That's none of your .
  11. (uncountable, parliamentary procedure) Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action.
    If that concludes the announcements, we'll move on to new .
  12. (travel, uncountable) Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first class and coach.
  13. (acting) Action carried out with a prop or piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.
  14. (countable, rare) The collective noun for a group of ferrets.
  15. (uncountable, slang, Britain) Something very good; top quality. (possibly from "the bee's knees")
    These new phones are the !
  16. (slang, uncountable) Excrement, particularly that of a non-human animal.
    Your ferret left his all over the floor.
    As the cart went by, its horse lifted its tail and did its .

business was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, French, Italian, and Tatar

Fun Facts about the name Business

  • How unique is the name Business? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Business was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Business: Your name in reverse order is Ssenisub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ussnbise. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Business born Jan 23, 2015

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central Africa approximately on 575. Your profession was librarian, priest, and keeper of tribal relics.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.