Business English phrasal verbs

9 More Business English Phrasal Verbs You Should Know

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Learning phrasal verbs is a wonderful way to improve your fluency and sound more natural in English.
In this second part of the business English phrasal verbs series, you will learn 9 more English phrasal verbs you can use in business. With these phrasal verbs, you will say exactly what you mean in English.

Phrasal verbs are composed by adding prepositions or an adverb – or both – to a verb, which then changes the meaning of the verb. Learn the first part of the business English phrasal verbs here:

Study the new Business English phrasal verbs

To help you learn the new vocabulary, I created 2 vocabulary sets of business English phrasal verbs you can study on Quizlet:

You can study them in many ways by matching the meaning with the words, spelling the words, and studying the flashcards. Then, you can take a test on Quizlet and see how you did. Keep going until you have memorized all the Business English phrasal verbs on the list!

Practice the pronunciation

When learning English phrasal verbs, pronunciation is tricky. The two words are often linked. For example, when you say “take over,” there is no pause between the two words. Instead, you link the two words and have 3 syllables:  /teɪkˈoʊvər/

Watch this useful video to learn more about linking in English pronunciation:

Click on the speaker icon on each flashcard to listen to the right pronunciation. Then, practice and repeat the pronunciation of each phrasal verb in the example sentences.

Business English phrasal verbs

Here are 9 more business English phrasal verbs you can use to better say what you mean in English for business:

1. carry out

carry out - business english phrasal verbs

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carry out something

“We’re going to carry out the tests next week.”
“He was carrying out orders.”
The phrasal verb “carry out” means to complete something, especially something that you have said you would do. It means that you do a task that someone gave you.

2. put off

put off - -business english phrasal verbs

put off something

“We need to put off the deadline for a week.”
“I put off working on the project due to personal issues.”
“To put something off” means to postpone the deadline or an event until a later time. We delay the work for some time.

3. think through

think through - -business english phrasal verbs

think something through

“I will think through the job offer.”
“We will think through their ideas at the meeting.”
The phrasal verb “think through” means to consider all the facts before making a decision. We first need to think carefully about something.

4. take over

take over - -business english phrasal verbs

take over something

“He is taking over while the boss is away.”
“The company was taken over by a Japanese corporation.”
“Take over” means to take responsibility for the team from the manager for a while. Similarly, the foreign company is taking control of the company.

5. come out with

come out with - business english phrasal verbs

come out with something

“Their competitor just came out with a new technology.” 
“Her new book will come out next year. I can’t wait.”
The phrasal verb “come out with” means to launchpublish, or produce a product or something new.

6. talk over

talk over - business english phrasal verbs

talk over something

“I understand. Why don’t you talk it over with your supervisor first?”
“Let’s talk over the program for Thursday’s conference.”
“Talk over” means to discuss a problem or a plan. You talk about something to get an opinion or advice before making a decision.

7. put across

put across -business english phrasal verbs

put something across

“They did a great job putting across the image of the company.”
“At yesterday’s meeting, she put across the relevance of the project. She presented the points successfully.”
The phrasal verb “put across” means to explain ideas clearly so that others understand them well.

8. look over

look over -business english phrasal verbs

look over something

“I’m looking over the report you’ve written.”

“Before we complete the financial statement, we should look over the key figures for 2016 again.”

“Look over” means to read or examine something carefully and completely. It can be to check if the report is alright or to look for specific information.

9. set up

set up -business english phrasal verbs

set up something

“The first thing the new management did was to set up a specific department for translations.”

“It took us a while to set up the project and all the necessary tasks, such as coordinating the translations and corrections.”


The phrasal verb “set up” means to create or arrange something. The management established a new department and it took some time to organize the work.

How to study the new vocabulary

To help you study the new words, I have created these flashcards. Study the flashcards, practice spelling, and take quizzes to memorize the new words here:

Let’s practice

Which of these will you start using? In which situations will you use it? Comment below with your ideas!
Choose 1-2 new ones at first and practice them often. Then, pick 1-2 new ones and repeat the process.
Remember, the key to learning English phrasal verbs is to practice them as often as you can.
Happy learning!

See also: Business English Vocabulary: 15 words to use instead of “good”

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