Synonyms of business
1 tradeDictionary • young people seeking a career in business
trade • The ministry has control over every aspect of foreign trade.
industry • countries where industry is developing rapidly
commerce • They have made their fortunes from industry and commerce.
2 establishmentDictionary • The company was a family business.
establishment • Shops and other commercial establishments remained closed today.
company • She worked as a secretary in an insurance company.
firm • The firm's employees were expecting large bonuses.
concern • If not a large concern, his business was at least a successful one.
organization • Most of the funds are provided by voluntary organizations.
corporation • chairman of a huge multi-national corporation
venture • a Russian-American joint venture
enterprise • There are plenty of small industrial enterprises.
3 professionDictionary • May I ask what business you are in?
profession • Harper was a teacher by profession.
work • What kind of work do you do?
calling • He was a serious man, dedicated to his calling as a physician.
job • the pressure of being the first woman in the job
line • What was your father's line of business?
trade • He was a jeweller by trade.
career • She is now concentrating on a career as a fashion designer.
employment • She was unable to find employment in the area.
craft • All kinds of traditional crafts are preserved here.
occupation • I was looking for an occupation which would allow me to travel.
pursuit • They both love outdoor pursuits.
vocation • the levels of knowledge and skill required for success in many vocations
4 matterDictionary • Parenting can be a stressful business.
matter • It was a private matter.
issue • Is it right for the Church to express a view on political issues?
subject • It was I who first raised the subject of plastic surgery.
point • You have missed the main point of my argument.
question • The whole question of aid is a tricky political one.
responsibility • The 600 properties were his responsibility.
task • He had the unenviable task of breaking the bad news.
duty • My duty is to look after the animals.
function • The main function of merchant banks is to raise capital.
topic • They offer tips on topics such as home safety.
assignment • The course involves written assignments and practical tests.
5 concernDictionary • My sex life is my own business.
concern • The technical aspects are not my concern.
affair • If you want to make a fool of yourself, that is your affair.
worry • His last years were overshadowed by financial worry.
lookout (informal) • It was your lookout if you put your life in danger.
IDIOM:▷ mean business
PROVERB:business before pleasure
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affairIf you say that a decision or situation is someone's affair, you mean that it is their responsibility, and other people should not interfere.
• If you want to make a fool of yourself, that is your affair.
assignmentAn assignment is a task or piece of work that you are given to do, especially as part of your job or studies.
• The course involves written assignments and practical tests.
callingA calling is a profession or career which someone is strongly attracted to, especially one which involves helping other people.
• He was a serious man, dedicated to his calling as a physician.
Thesaurus for business from the Collins English Thesaurus
a trade or profession