[ biz-nis ]
/ ˈbɪz nɪs /



of, noting, or pertaining to business, its organization, or its procedures.
containing, suitable for, or welcoming business or commerce: New York is a good business town.

Idioms for business

Origin of business

before 950; Middle English; Old English bisignes. See busy, -ness


synonym study for business

1. See occupation.

pronunciation note for business

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British Dictionary definitions for mean business

/ (ˈbɪznɪs) /


Word Origin for business

Old English bisignis solicitude, attentiveness, from bisig busy + -nis -ness
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Idioms and Phrases with mean business (1 of 2)

mean business

Be in earnest. For example, He really means business with this deadline. This idiom uses business in the sense of “a serious endeavor.” [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with mean business (2 of 2)


In addition to the idiom beginning with business

  • business as usual

also see:

  • funny business
  • get down to (business)
  • go about (one's business)
  • have no business doing
  • land-office business
  • like mad (nobody's business)
  • make it one's business
  • mean business
  • mind one's own business
  • monkey business
  • none of one's business
  • out of business
  • send someone about his or her business
  • the business
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