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Words used to describe businesses and companies

accredited

adjective

an accredited organization, worker, or course of study has official approval

all-night

adjective

an all-night store, restaurant, bus service, etc. continues to operate for the whole night

anticompetitive

adjective

intended to prevent people from competing against each other fairly, especially in business

big

adjective

used for referring to large and powerful industries that are considered to have a lot of political influence

bloated

adjective

a bloated organization or system is not effective because it is too large or has too many workers

brick-and-mortar

adjective

a brick-and-mortar business is a traditional business that does not operate on the Internet

brisk

adjective

if business is brisk, a lot of things are being sold quickly

business

noun

connected with business, or with people who work in business

business-to-business

adjective

used for describing a type of business activity in which companies use the Internet to trade with each other

collective

adjective

owned by the government and run by a group of workers

commercial

adjective

relating to business

commercial

adjective

producing goods or services to sell

competitive

adjective

offering goods or services at lower prices than other companies

consumer-facing

adjective

dealing directly with people who buy products or services

consumer-to-business

adjective

used for describing a type of business activity in which a customer deals with a company using the Internet

cooperative

adjective

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

corporate

adjective

relating to large companies, or to a particular large company

C-to-C

adjective

consumer-to-consumer: used for describing a type of business activity in which a customer deals with another customer using the Internet

drive-through

adjective

a drive-through restaurant, bank, etc. is one where you are served through a window without leaving your car

entrepreneurial

adjective

relating to the skills or activities of entrepreneurs

fly-by-night

adjective

a fly-by-night company or businessman cannot be trusted because they are dishonest or may fail

incorporated

adjective

an incorporated company has the legal status of a corporation

infant

adjective

an infant organization or company is very new

labor-intensive

adjective

a labor-intensive industry or process needs a lot of people, so that a large proportion of its costs are salaries rather than new machines or the materials to make things with

land-based

adjective

existing in a physical place rather than as a website

large

adjective

a large company or organization is one that employs a lot of people in many places and has many activities

lean

adjective

a lean business spends as little money and employs as few workers as possible so that it will make a good profit

limited

adjective

used after the name of a company to show that it is a limited company

market-driven

adjective

controlled by what and how much people want to buy

market-led

adjective

market-driven

mercantile

adjective

relating to trade

mom-and-pop

adjective

a mom-and-pop business is owned by a single family that also does most or all of the work

monopolistic

adjective

relating to a monopoly in business

multiagency

adjective

involving several different organizations that work together

multinational

adjective

a multinational company or business has offices, stores, or factories in several countries

nonprofit

adjective

a nonprofit organization has goals that do not include making a profit

not-for-profit

adjective

a not-for-profit organization exists in order to help people and provide a service, rather than to make money

offshore

adjective

an offshore bank or company is not in your own country, but in a country where you pay less tax or where it is more private

one-stop

adjective

providing a range of products or services in one place

overstaffed

adjective

a business that is overstaffed has more workers than it needs

paperless

adjective

storing and communicating information in electronic form instead of on paper

predatory

adjective

relating to companies that are looking for other companies to buy, or are showing this type of behavior

self-financing

adjective

a self-financing organization, business, etc. earns all the money that it needs to pay its own costs

self-service

adjective

a self-service restaurant or gas station is one where the customers have to serve themselves

service

adjective

providing help, information, or advice for the public in exchange for payment

short-staffed

adjective

without enough workers

tertiary

adjective

providing services instead of selling or making products

top-heavy

adjective

a company or organization that is top-heavy has too many workers at higher levels and not enough at lower levels

undermanned

adjective

not having enough workers to do a job quickly or effectively

understaffed

adjective

not having enough workers to do a job quickly or effectively

unlisted

adjective

an unlisted company is not on the official list of a particular stock exchange, so that you cannot buy or sell its stock there

upstart

adjective

an upstart company is one that has quickly become very successful

blue-chip

adjective

corporately

adverb

fly-by-night

noun

highly/well capitalized

a highly/well capitalized business has a lot of money invested in it

infobesity

the condition of continually consuming large amounts of information, especially when this has a negative effect on a person's well-being and ability to concentrate

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