Occupation vs. Business

Occupation vs. Business — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Occupation and Business

Occupationnoun

An activity that serves as one's regular source of livelihood; a vocation.

Businessnoun

The activity of buying and selling commodities, products, or services

new systems now being used in business.

Occupationnoun

An activity engaged in especially as a means of passing time; an avocation.

Businessnoun

The amount or volume of this activity

Business was off all day.

Occupationnoun

The act or process of holding or possessing a place.

Businessnoun

The variety of this activity in which a person is engaged

the wholesale food business.
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Occupationnoun

The state of being held or possessed.

Businessnoun

A specific occupation or pursuit

the best designer in the business.

Occupationnoun

Invasion, conquest, and control of a nation or territory by foreign armed forces.

Businessnoun

A commercial enterprise or establishment

bought his uncle's construction business.

Occupationnoun

The military government exercising control over an occupied nation or territory.

Businessnoun

Commercial dealings; patronage

took her business to a trustworthy salesperson.
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Occupationnoun

An activity or task with which one occupies oneself; usually specifically the productive activity, service, trade, or craft for which one is regularly paid; a job.

Businessnoun

One's rightful or proper concern or interest

"The business of America is business" (Calvin Coolidge).

Occupationnoun

The act, process or state of possessing a place.

Businessnoun

Something involving one personally

It's none of my business.

Occupationnoun

The control of a country or region by a hostile army.

Businessnoun

Serious work or endeavor

got right down to business.

Occupationnoun

the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money;

he's not in my line of business

Businessnoun

An affair or matter

"We will proceed no further in this business" (Shakespeare).

Occupationnoun

the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power

Businessnoun

An incidental action performed by an actor on the stage to fill a pause between lines or to provide interesting detail.

Occupationnoun

any activity that occupies a person's attention;

he missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game

Businessnoun

(Informal) Strong verbal criticism; scolding

gave me the business for being late.

Occupationnoun

the act of occupying or taking possession of a building;

occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal

Businessnoun

(Informal) Urination or defecation

The dog did its business on the lawn.

Occupationnoun

the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied;

during the German occupation of Paris

Businessnoun

(Obsolete) The condition of being busy.

Businessnoun

(countable) A specific commercial enterprise or establishment.

I was left my father's business.

Businessnoun

(countable) A person's occupation, work, or trade.

He is in the motor and insurance businesses.I'm going to Las Vegas on business.

Businessnoun

(uncountable) Commercial, industrial, or professional activity.

He's such a poor cook, I can't believe he's still in business!We do business all over the world.

Businessnoun

(uncountable) The volume or amount of commercial trade.

Business has been slow lately.They did nearly a million dollars of business over the long weekend.

Businessnoun

(uncountable) One's dealings; patronage.

I shall take my business elsewhere.

Businessnoun

(uncountable) Private commercial interests taken collectively.

This proposal will satisfy both business and labor.

Businessnoun

(uncountable) The management of commercial enterprises, or the study of such management.

I studied business at Harvard.

Businessnoun

(countable) A particular situation or activity.

This UFO stuff is a mighty strange business.

Businessnoun

(countable) An objective or a matter needing to be dealt with.

Our principal business here is to get drunk.Let's get down to business.

Businessnoun

(uncountable) Something involving one personally.

That's none of your business.

Businessnoun

Matters that come before a body for deliberation or action.

If that concludes the announcements, we'll move on to new business.

Businessnoun

Business class, the class of seating provided by airlines between first class and coach.

Businessnoun

(acting) Action carried out with a prop or piece of clothing, usually away from the focus of the scene.

Businessnoun

The collective noun for a group of ferrets.

Businessnoun

Something very good; top quality. (possibly from "the bee's knees")

These new phones are the business!

Businessnoun

Excrement, particularly that of a non-human animal.

Your ferret left his business all over the floor.As the cart went by, its horse lifted its tail and did its business.

Businessadjective

Of, to, pertaining to or utilized for purposes of conducting trade, commerce, governance, advocacy or other professional purposes.

"Please do not use this phone for personal calls; it is a business phone."

Businessadjective

Professional, businesslike, having concern for good business practice.

Businessadjective

Supporting business, conducive to the conduct of business.

Businessnoun

a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it;

he bought his brother's businessa small mom-and-pop businessa racially integrated business concern

Businessnoun

the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects;

computers are now widely used in business

Businessnoun

business concerns collectively;

Government and business could not agree

Businessnoun

the volume of business activity;

business is good todayshow me where the business was today

Businessnoun

a rightful concern or responsibility;

it's none of your businessmind your own business

Businessnoun

the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money;

he's not in my line of business

Businessnoun

an immediate objective;

gossip was the main business of the evening

Businessnoun

incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect;

his business with the cane was hilarious

Businessnoun

customers collectively;

they have an upper class clientele