Business Synonyms, Business Antonyms | Merriam-Webster Thesaurus

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1

transactions or economic support provided by customers

  • only places that are equal opportunity employers will get my business

2

a commercial or industrial activity or organization

  • most of the local businesses belong to the association

3

something to be dealt with

  • we have one piece of business remaining for today’s meeting
  • consideration,
  • issue,
  • problem
  • crisis,
  • crossroad(s),
  • crunch,
  • emergency,
  • exigency,
  • flash point,
  • head,
  • juncture,
  • strait,
  • zero hour
  • concern,
  • trouble,
  • worry
  • care,
  • lookout,
  • responsibility
  • deadlock,
  • halt,
  • impasse,
  • stalemate,
  • standstill
  • corner,
  • fix,
  • hole,
  • hot water,
  • jam,
  • pickle,
  • pinch,
  • predicament,
  • scrape,
  • spot

4

the buying and selling of goods especially on a large scale and between different places

  • this bookstore is a place of business, not a free library, so please do your reading elsewhere

5

the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted or used or for which a thing exists

  • plants going about the business of photosynthesis provide the Earth with a renewable source of oxygen
  • affair,
  • concern,
  • hand,
  • involvement,
  • participation
  • niche,
  • office,
  • post,
  • situation
  • calling,
  • occupation,
  • pursuit,
  • vocation
  • activity,
  • assignment,
  • charge,
  • commission,
  • duty,
  • employ,
  • mission,
  • responsibility,
  • service,
  • use

6

a region of activity, knowledge, or influence

  • if you want a medical malpractice lawyer, he’s the best in the business
  • area,
  • arena,
  • bailiwick,
  • barony,
  • circle,
  • demesne,
  • department,
  • discipline,
  • domain,
  • element,
  • fief,
  • fiefdom,
  • field,
  • firmament,
  • front,
  • game,
  • kingdom,
  • line,
  • precinct,
  • province,
  • realm,
  • specialty,
  • sphere,
  • terrain,
  • walk
  • frontier
  • study,
  • subject
  • territory,
  • turf
  • occupation,
  • profession,
  • pursuit,
  • racket,
  • vocation
  • ambit,
  • amplitude,
  • breadth,
  • compass,
  • confine,
  • dimension(s),
  • extent,
  • ken,
  • reach,
  • scope,
  • sweep,
  • width
  • subfield,
  • subspecialty

7

a specific task with which a person or group is charged

  • the interrogators demanded to know what business the suspect had in the restricted area at that time of night
  • burden,
  • chore,
  • duty,
  • need,
  • obligation,
  • office,
  • requirement,
  • responsibility
  • errand,
  • labor,
  • work
  • commitment,
  • pledge,
  • promise
  • appointment,
  • commission,
  • designation,
  • nomination
  • compulsion,
  • constraint,
  • restraint

8

the act or fact of violating the trust or confidence of another

  • the price for giving the drug lord the business was certain death
  • backstabbing,
  • betrayal,
  • disloyalty,
  • double cross,
  • faithlessness,
  • falseness,
  • falsity,
  • infidelity,
  • perfidy,
  • sellout,
  • treachery,
  • treason,
  • two-timing,
  • unfaithfulness
  • abandonment,
  • desertion
  • deceit,
  • deception,
  • double-dealing,
  • duplicity,
  • guile,
  • two-facedness
  • fraud,
  • informing,
  • lying,
  • snitching,
  • talebearing,
  • trickery

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