Communicating with native English speakers in a business setting means you’ll hear phrasal verbs at least once, if not several times, during a conversation. Below is the list of 40 useful phrasal verbs for Business and Work in English you should know.
Phrasal Verbs for Business and Work
1. Branch out
- Expand or extend one’s interests
Eg: The supermarkets have branched out into banking.
2. Break into
- Enter (with effort or force)
Eg: It’s always been his ambition to break into broadcasting.
3. Carry on
Eg: He moved to New York to carry on his work
4. Close down
- Stop operating
Eg: The firm has decided to close down its Chicago branch.
5. Look forward to
- Anticipate with pleasure
Eg: We look forward to hearing from you soon.
6. Note down
- Write something down
Eg: Her answers were noted down on the chart.
7. Step down
- Resign or leave (a position/job)
Eg: The chairman was forced to step down due to ill health.
8. Take off
- Become successful or popular very fast
Eg: Her business has really taken off.
9. Take up
- Fill a particular amount of space or time
Eg: These files take up a lot of disk space.
10. Weigh up
Eg: You should weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each type before buying.
11. Back up
- Make a copy of information
Eg: It’s a good idea to back up your files onto a memory stick.
12. Carry out
- Do and complete a task
Eg: The building work was carried out by a local contractor.
13. Come up
- Happen or arise
Eg: I’m going to have to cancel our meeting – something’s come up.
14. Get on
- Continue or start doing something
Eg: She told us to get on with our work.
15. Keep up with
Eg: We try to keep up with what’s happening about finacial news.
16. Set up
- Start (a business)
Eg: The group plans to set up an import business.
17. Go through
- Experience something bad
Eg: We can’t really imagine what our company’s going through.
18. Find out
- Discover a fact or piece of information
Eg: Can you find out what our customers think of their local bus service?
19. Call off
- Cancel something
Eg: With the weather worsening, they have called off their field trip.
20. Call back
- To telephone someone again
Eg: I’ll call you back when I’ve heard something about interview.
21. Deal with
- Handle (a problem)
Eg: I spent the morning dealing with my emails.
22. Drop in
- Make a short visit somewhere
Eg: I will drop in tomorrow morning.
23. Fill out
- Complete (a form)
Eg: It took me several hours to fill out the application form.
24. Hold on
Eg: We’ll hold on another minute, then we’ll have to go.
25. Join in
Eg: We would be eager to join in projects of that sort.
26. Lay off
- Fire (staff)
Eg: They’ve had to cut back production and lay off workers.
27. Put back
- Delay or postpone
Eg: The meeting has been put back to next week.
28. Run out of
- Have no more of something
Eg: Many companies are running out of money.
29. Sort out
- Organise or fix
Eg: I need to sort out the mess on my desk.
30. Take on
- Employ (staff)
Eg: We’re not taking on any new staff at the moment.
31. Take over
- To take control of something
Eg: IBM is taking over the smaller company.
32. Bail out
- To rescue somebody from a difficult situation, especially financial problems
Eg: Some local businesses have offered to bail out the museum.
33. Cut back
- To reduce something
Eg: Several major hospitals are cutting back on staff at the moment.
34. Go under
- To become bankrupt
Eg: The firm will go under unless business improves.
35. Fall through
- If an agreement, plan, sale etc. falls through, it is not completed successfully
Eg: The planned purchase of the racecourse fell through.
36. Pull out
- To move away from something or stop being involved in it
Eg: The project became so expensive that we had to pull out.
37. Bottom out
- To stop getting worse
Eg: There are signs that the recession has bottomed out.
38. Level off
- To stop rising or falling and become steady
Eg: Inflation has begun to level off.
39. Follow up
- To continue communicating with someone after an event.
Eg: You should follow up your phone call with an email or a letter.
40. Wrap up
- To finish an event or an activity
Eg: Let’s wrap up this meeting so we can go to lunch.
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