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General types of business or company

account

noun

a company that regularly buys goods or services from another company

acquisition

noun

a company that is bought by another company

affiliate

noun

an organization or company that is connected with or controlled by a larger group

agency

noun

a business that provides a service for people or companies, especially by giving them information or making arrangements

agent

noun

a person or company that does business for another person or company, for example by selling their products or by dealing with their customers

anchor

noun

an important store or business that attracts other businesses to the area where it is

base

noun

a group of businesses or industries that form an important part of an economy

big business

noun

important business activity that makes a lot of money

the biz

noun

a particular type of business, especially in the television or entertainment industry

blue chip

noun

a company or investment that makes a lot of money and is safe to invest in

business

noun

a particular area of business

business

noun

an organization that buys or sells products or services for money. This word often refers to a small organization that is owned and run by one person or a few people, while company can also refer to large organizations

cartel

noun

a group of people or companies who all agree to sell something at the same price so that they can all make profits without competing with one another

chain

noun

a group of businesses such as stores, hotels, or restaurants that all belong to the same person or company

Co.

abbreviation

Company

company

noun

an organization that provides services, or that makes or sells goods for money

company

noun

connected with a company or with the people in a company

competitor

noun

a company that sells the same goods or services as another company

concern

noun

a business

conglomerate

noun

a large business organization formed when several different businesses join together

co-op

noun

a cooperative

cooperative

noun

a business or other organization owned by the people who work in it who also share the profits

Corp.

abbreviation

corporation

corporation

noun

a large company or business organization

cottage industry

noun

a business that involves people producing things at home

cover

noun

a legal business that is used for hiding an illegal or secret activity

dealer

noun

a person or company that buys and sells a particular product

dealership

noun

a business that sells the products of a particular company, especially cars

empire

noun

a large powerful group of companies ruled by one person or company

enterprise

noun

a business company or organization

establishment

noun

an institution, organization, or business

firm

noun

a business or company

the Fortune 500

the 500 largest companies in the U.S.

franchise

noun

a business that operates under a franchise system

franchisee

noun

a person or company that has the franchise to sell a particular type of goods or services

franchiser

noun

a business that sells franchises

giant

noun

a very large and successful company

going concern

noun

a business that seems likely to continue to make a profit

goldmine

noun

a business or an activity that makes large amounts of money very easily

group

noun

an organization that consists of several companies or other institutions: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

growth industry

noun

an industry that is growing quickly

holding company

noun

a company that owns the majority of the shares in another company

house

noun

a company or organization involved in a particular activity

Inc.

abbreviation

Incorporated: used in the U.S. after the name of a large company, or a group of companies working together under one name

indie

noun

a small independent company, especially one that makes movies or music

industry

noun

an activity or business that has become very successful, especially one that you think makes an unfair profit or is not necessary

international

noun

a company or organization that exists, works, or has members in more than one country

joint-stock company

noun

a company that anyone can invest in by buying shares in it

knowledge industry

noun

an industry or area of economic activity that is based mainly on information and knowledge rather than on the production of goods

land-office business

noun

a business activity, especially trade, that is very successful

light industry

noun

industry in which small goods are produced, for example things that you use in the house

limited company

noun

a company whose owners are legally responsible for only a limited amount of its debts

LLC

abbreviation

Limited Liability Company: a type of corporation whose owners have limited liability (=they are not legally responsible for all losses)

Ltd.

abbreviation

Limited: used after the name of some companies

market leader

noun

a company that sells more of its products than any other company of its type

merchant

noun

a person or business that buys and sells goods, especially one that trades with other countries

monopolist

noun

a company that has a monopoly

multinational

noun

a large company that has offices, stores, or factories in several countries

mutual

noun

a mutual company

newcomer

noun

used about products and companies

niche market

noun

the part of an industry that sells a particular type of product or service to the small number of customers who want it

offshoot

noun

a company, group, or organization that has developed from a larger one

one-man band

noun

an organization in which one person does everything

operation

noun

a company, or a part of a large company

outfit

noun

an organization, especially a small business

parent

noun

a parent company

parent company

noun

a company or organization that owns or controls a smaller company or organization of the same type

partnership

noun

a company owned by two or more partners

predator

noun

a company that tries to take control of other companies

private company

noun

a company owned by a person or group of people who do not sell shares (=the right to share profits) to the public

private enterprise

noun

business and industry that is owned and managed by independent people or businesses, rather than by the government

private practice

noun

a business that is managed and owned by an individual professional person such as a doctor, lawyer, or dentist

the private sector

noun

all the businesses, industries, and services that are not owned or managed by the government

pty

abbreviation

proprietary: used in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa after the name of a company

public company

noun

a public corporation

public corporation

noun

a company whose shares you can buy on the stock exchange

public limited company

noun

in the U.K., a company in which people can invest their money. It has plc at the end of its name.

public sector

noun

the industries and services, for example schools, that are supported by tax money and controlled by the government of a country or an area

public service

noun

a service that helps people without charging them any money for it

shell company

noun

a company that does not own anything or do any work as an independent company, but is used by its owners to carry out particular business or to control other companies

small business

noun

a business that has a small number of employees, usually less than 100

SME

noun

small and medium-sized enterprise: a business that has a small or medium number of employees, usually less than 250

social enterprise

noun

a business that is a combination of a public and private company and puts its profits back into the business or community

start-up

noun

a small business that is just being started

stock company

noun

a business whose money is divided up into shares that are owned by different people

subsidiary

noun

a company that is owned by a larger company

suitor

noun

a company that wants to buy another company

supplier

noun

a company, organization, or country that supplies or sells a product or a service

trade

noun

a particular area of business or industry

trade

noun

the people or companies who work in a particular business or industry

venture

noun

a new business or activity

zombie company

noun

a firm that is making enough money to pay the interest on its debts but would fail if interest rates went up because it is not functioning as a business

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