Definition of in business in English:

in business


  • 1Operating, especially in commerce.

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