be in business

1) if a company is in business, it is operating normally

The company has been in business for almost 100 years.

2) informal to be ready to do something, because all the necessary preparations have been made

Just connect the printer to your computer and you're in business.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • business — busi‧ness [ˈbɪzns] noun COMMERCE 1. [uncountable] the production, buying, and selling of goods or services for profit: • Students on the course learn about all aspects of business. • We are in business to create profit. • The company says it… …   Financial and business terms

  • business school — ˈbusiness school noun [countable] a college or part of a college where students can study economic and financial subjects and learn about managing a business: • Manchester Business School is one of the leading business schools in the world. * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • business class — Ⅰ. business class UK US noun ► [U] TRANSPORT a type of air travel that is more expensive and has better conditions than economy class, or the part of a plane where people who have booked this type of travel sit: »Most of the special deals on… …   Financial and business terms

  • business-to-business — Ⅰ. business to business UK US /ˌbɪznɪstəˈbɪznɪs/ adjective [before noun] (ABBREVIATION B2B) ► E COMMERCE relating to trade in products and services between businesses, especially trade over the internet: »The growth of the internet has increased… …   Financial and business terms

  • business studies — ˈbusiness ˌstudies noun [plural] COMMERCE the study of economic and financial subjects and managing a business: • The university offers a BA (Honours) degree programme in Business Studies. * * * business studies UK US noun [U] ► a course or area… …   Financial and business terms

  • business case — ˈbusiness ˌcase noun [countable] COMMERCE an explanation of how a new project, product etc is going to be successful and why people should invest money in it: • The company would need to prepare a business case showing how it would meet the costs …   Financial and business terms

  • business ethics — ➔ ethics * * * business ethics UK US noun SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ► [plural] rules, principles, and standards for deciding what is morally right or wrong when doing business: »The article explores the business ethics of subprime lending. »The… …   Financial and business terms

  • business game — ➔ game * * * business game UK US noun ► [C] a game which includes business activities and can be used for learning about business or testing different solutions to business problems: »The business game is designed to provide an effective learning …   Financial and business terms

  • business hours — ˈbusiness ˌhours noun [plural] COMMERCE the normal hours when shops, offices, and banks are open, usually between 9 am and 5 or 6 pm in the English speaking world: • Deliveries are only accepted during normal business hours. * * * business hours… …   Financial and business terms

  • business centre — UK US UK (US business center) noun [C] ► WORKPLACE, COMMERCE a place where businesses can rent offices or rooms for meetings, events, etc.: »We moved from a unit in a small business centre into our own premises. ► WORKPLACE a room or area where… …   Financial and business terms

  • business advice centre — ➔ centre * * * business advice centre UK US noun [C] UK (US business development center) ► a place where advice and training in running a small business is available: »Karen took courses in bookkeeping, marketing, and financial planning at… …   Financial and business terms

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