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BUSINESS, noun biz'ness. [See Busy.] Employment; that which occupies the time, attention and labor of men, for the purpose of profit or improvement--a word of extensive use and indefinite signification. business is a particular occupation, as agriculture, trade, mechanic art, or profession, and when used of a particular employment, the word admits of the plural number, businesses. business is also any temporary employment.

1. Affairs; concerns; as, a man leaves his business in an unsettled state.

2. The subject of employment; that which engages the care and attention.

You are so much the business of our souls.

3. Serious engagement; important occupation, in distinction from trivial affairs.

It should be the main business of life to serve God, and obey his commands.

4. Concern; right of action or interposing.

'What business has a man with the disputes of others?'

5. A point; a matter of question; something to be examined or considered.

Fitness to govern is a perplexed business

6. Something to be done; employment of importance to one's interest, opposed to amusement; as, we have no business in town.

They were far from the Zidonians and had no business with any one.

7. Duty, or employment that duty enjoins. A lawyer's business is to do justice to his clients.

To do the business for a man, is to kill, destroy or ruin him.