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.