business (n.) Old form(s): busines , Businesse
deed, action, affair, task
1H4 III.ii.177[King Henry to Prince Hal] Our business valued, some twelve days hence / Our general forces at Bridgnorth shall meet
JC IV.i.22[Antony to Octavius, of Lepidus' responsibilities] He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold, / To groan and sweat under the business
KL I.ii.178[Edmund alone] I see the business [i.e. I understand what has to be done]
Tem I.ii.255[Prospero to Ariel] To do me business in the veins o'th' earth
Tem I.ii.315[Prospero to Caliban] There's other business for thee
Tem I.ii.367[Prospero to Caliban] be quick ... / To answer other business
TNK III.i.90[Palamon to Arcite] dares any / So noble bear a guilty business?
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