ETYM From Busy.
1. A commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; SYN. concern, business concern, business organization.
2. A rightful concern or responsibility; used in such phrases as or.
3. An immediate objective.
4. Business concerns collectively; SYN. business sector.
5. Incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; SYN. stage business, byplay.
6. The volume of business activity.
ETYM French compagnie, from Old Fren. compaing. Related to Companion.
1. A social gathering of guests or companions.
2. The state of being with someone; SYN. comradeship, companionship, good fellowship, fellowship, society.
3. An institution created to conduct business.
4. Organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); SYN. troupe.
5. Small military unit; usually two or three platoons.
6. A unit of firefighters including their equipment.
1. A feeling of sympathy for someone or something.
2. An anxious feeling; SYN. care, fear.
3. Something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; SYN. worry, headache, vexation.
4. Something that interests one because it is important or affects one.
ETYM French enterprise, from entreprendre to undertake; entre between (Latin inter) + prendre to take. Related to Inter, and Emprise.
1. A purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); SYN. endeavor, endeavour.
2. An organization created for business ventures.
3. Readiness to embark on bold new ventures; SYN. enterprisingness, initiative, go-ahead.
ETYM Cf. Old Fren. establissement, French établissement.
1. A public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence.
2. Any large organization.
3. Mainstream culture, especially the forces that direct and govern it.
4. The cognitive process of establishing a valid proof; SYN. validation.
5. (Ecology) The process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat; SYN. ecesis.
ETYM Italian firma the (firm, sure, or confirming) signature or subscription, or Portu. firma signature, firm, cf. Spanish firma signature; all from Latin firmus, adj, firm. Related to Firm.
Members of a business organization; SYN. house, business firm.
ETYM Latin, from spondere, sponsum, to engage one's self. Related to Spose.
1. One who offers sponsorship to another.
2. One who, at the baptism of an infant, guarantees its religious education; a godfather or godmother.