Business English Phrasal Verbs

This article contains a list of some of the most common Business English Phrasal Verbs and Collocations.

Business English Phrasal Verbs

  • to back /someone/ up – to support someone
  • branch out – to expand, to grow /for example – into new markets/
  • to call /someone/ back – to return someone a phone call
  • to call off – to cancel an event /to cancel a meeting for example/
  • to carry something out – to do something that needs to be organized
  • to close down – stop operating mostly because of financial problems
  • to cut in – to interrupt someone
  • to deal with – to resolve / handle a problem. One of the most used business English phrasal verbs.
  • to drop in – to visit
  • to note down – to write
  • to join in – to participate
  • to run out of – have no more of something
  • to fill out – to complete /a form or a paper/
  • to figure /something/ out – to find the answer or understand something
  • to get /something/ back – to get something again
  • get on – to make progress
  • to give in – agree to do or accept something that you had at first opposed
  • to go after something/somebody – to follow someone or try to achieve something
  • to hand something – to give something to someone in authority
  • to hand something out – to distribute something to a group of people
  • to keep something up – to continue doing something
  • to let someone down – to to disappoint someone – to not do something that someone expects you to do
  • to let someone in – to allow to enter
  • to look into – to try to find out the reason about a problem in order to solve it
  • to look /something/ over – to check something quickly
  • to pass /something/ out – to give something, such as documents or papers, to everyone in a group of people
  • to put /something/ off – to postpone
  • to set /something/ up – to organize an event/ to start /a business/
  • to sort /something/ out – to resolve a problem, to organize something that is mixed up
  • to think /something/ over – to consider something carefully.¬†One of the most used business English phrasal verbs.
  • to take on – to employ /staff/.

See also useful telephone phrases and business presentation phrases in English.

Marin Valchev
Marin Valchev
Marin Valchev, PMP is an IT Project Manager with more than 10 years of experience. He implements cutting-edge technology in a wide-range of Financial and TELCO companies in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Marin shares his knowledge of software, analysis, project management and other business areas.