Definition of in business in US English:

in business


  • 1Operating, especially in commerce.

    ‘they will have to import from overseas to remain in business’
    • ‘It's hard to imagine the service remaining in business as we know it in either case.’
    • ‘He might not be able to save your sodden carpets or your fire-damaged stock, but he will be able to keep you in business.’
    • ‘She fails to ask whether drugs companies would remain in business if they had no patents.’
    • ‘But he is not in business just to manage resource, he is in business to police London in all its entirety.’
    • ‘The fact that he remains in business is testimony to him being broadly right.’
    • ‘Those who cannot keep their customers happy do not deserve to remain in business.’
    • ‘Unless the consumer sees what he desires, the business owner will not be able to stay in business.’
    • ‘I don't think you'd ever see me in business again if I failed in this company.’
    • ‘Should we help to start new businesses, or only those who are already in business?’
    • ‘He said he would have remained in business if trade had continued to grow at the rate it was before the roadworks.’
    1. 1.1informal Able to begin operations.
      ‘if you'll contact the right people, I think we'll be in business’
      • ‘You've gained entry and accepted your offer - now you're in business and the work really starts.’
      • ‘Instantly on arrival at Balmoor an hour before kick-off there was evidence that this cup tie was in business.’
      • ‘When you buy a PhaseOne Package we will give you a wide format printer, now you're in business!’
      • ‘Another 15 minutes of piped music, and now we're in business.’
      • ‘So you've purchased a digital camcorder, hooked it up to your PC and now you're in business.’