Learn business phrasal verbs commonly used in the workplace.
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List of Business Phrasal Verbs
- Meaning: Expand or extend one’s interests
- Example: I’m leaving the company to branch out on my own.
- Meaning: Enter (with effort or force)
- Example: It’s always been his ambition to break into broadcasting.
- Meaning: Continue
- Example: He moved to New York to carry on his work.
- Meaning: Stop operating
- Example: The firm has decided to close down its Chicago branch.
Look forward to
- Meaning: Feel pleased and excited about something that is going to happen
- Example: We look forward to hearing from you soon.
- Meaning: Write something down
- Example: Her answers were noted down on the chart.
- Meaning: Resign or leave (a position/job)
- Example: The chairman was forced to step down due to ill health.
- Meaning: Become successful or popular very fast
- Example: Her business has really taken off.
- Meaning: Fill a particular amount of space or time
- Example: These files take up a lot of disk space.
Weigh up (UK)
- Meaning: Consider carefully the advantages or disadvantages of a situation
- Example: I’m weighing up my options before I decide to apply for the job.
- Meaning: Make a copy of information
- Example: It’s a good idea to back up your files onto a memory stick.
- Meaning: Do and complete a task
- Example: The building work was carried out by a local contractor.
- Meaning: Happen or arise
- Example: I’m going to have to cancel our meeting – something’s come up.
Get on (UK)
- Meaning: Continue or start doing something
- Example: Can we please get on, because there are a lot of things still to discuss.
Keep up with
- Meaning: Follow
- Example: We try to keep up with what’s happening about financial news.
- Meaning: Start (a business)
- Example: The group plans to set up an import business.
- Meaning: Experience something bad
- Example: We can’t really imagine what our company’s going through.
- Meaning: Discover a fact or piece of information
- Example: Can you find out what our customers think of their local bus service?
- Meaning: Cancel something
- Example: With the weather worsening, they have called off their field trip.
- Meaning: To return a call or telephone someone again.
- Example: I’ll call you back when I’ve heard something about the interview.
- Meaning: Handle (a problem)
- Example: He’s good at dealing with pressure.
- Meaning: Make a short visit without making an arrangement in advance
- Example: Drop in whenever you want—I’ll be at the office all day.
- Meaning: Complete (a form)
- Example: It took me several hours to fill out the application form.
- Meaning: Wait
- Example: We’ll hold on another minute, then we’ll have to go.
- Meaning: Participate
- Example: We would be eager to join in projects of that sort.
- Meaning: Fire (staff)
- Example: We have no plans in the immediate future to lay off workers.
- Meaning: Delay or postpone
- Example: The meeting has been put back to next week.
Run out of
- Meaning: Have no more of something
- Example: Many companies are running out of money.
- Meaning: Organise or fix
- Example: We brought in a management consultant to sort out the mess.
- Meaning: Employ (staff)
- Example: We’re not taking on any new staff at the moment.
- Meaning: To begin to have control of or responsibility for something
- Example: He understands the business and can take over when I’m away.
- Meaning: To rescue somebody from a difficult situation, especially financial problems
- Example: The bank helped to bail out the struggling company.
- Meaning: To reduce something
- Example: In times of economic hardship, firms cut back on training.
- Meaning: To become bankrupt
- Example: The firm will go under unless business improves.
- Meaning: If an agreement, plan, sale etc. falls through, it is not completed successfully
- Example: The planned purchase of the racecourse fell through.
- Meaning: To move away from something or stop being involved in it
- Example: The project became so expensive that we had to pull out.
- Meaning: To stop getting worse
- Example: Property prices are still falling, and show no signs of bottoming out.
- Meaning: To stop rising or falling and become steady
- Example: Inflation has begun to level off.
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