If you describe someone as businesslike, you mean that they deal with things in an efficient way without wasting time.

Mr. Penn sounds quite businesslike...

This activity was carried on in a businesslike manner.


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  • businesslike — busi‧ness‧like [ˈbɪzns laɪk] adjective COMMERCE practical and effective in the way you work and organize things, or in your behaviour and appearance: • an attempt to run the department in a businesslike way • Wearing a suit makes me feel more… …   Financial and business terms

  • Businesslike — Busi ness*like (b[i^]z n[e^]s*l[imac]k ), a. In the manner of one transacting business wisely and by right methods; practical and efficient. [1913 Webster] 2. serious and purposeful. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • businesslike — index commercial, diligent, formal, professional (stellar), prompt, systematic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • businesslike — [adj] efficient, professional accomplished, careful, concentrated, correct, diligent, direct, disciplined, earnest, effective, enterprising, expeditious, hardworking, industrious, intent, matter of fact, methodical, orderly, organized,… …   New thesaurus

  • businesslike — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ efficient and practical …   English terms dictionary

  • businesslike — [biz′nizlīk΄, biz′nis′līk΄] adj. having the qualities needed in business; efficient, methodical, etc …   English World dictionary

  • businesslike — adj. VERBS ▪ be, sound ▪ become ▪ remain ▪ keep sth ▪ I d rather keep the relationship strictly businesslike …   Collocations dictionary

  • businesslike — busi|ness|like [ˈbıznıs laık] adj effective and practical in the way that you do things ▪ a businesslike manner …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • businesslike — busi|ness|like [ bıznəs,laık ] adjective serious and effective in the way you deal with things: EFFICIENT: Alan chaired the meeting in a very businesslike way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • businesslike — adjective effective and practical in the way that you do things: a businesslike manner …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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