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Top 1000 business English vocabulary


Top 1000 business English vocabulary

Business Vocabulary

These are the top 1000 business English vocabulary you need to acquire to be able to communicate in English.

The common trait of every entrepreneur or business expert is the skill to communicate effectively. Consequently, understanding and using the most important business English words is by far the best investment you can make for your career.

Here are 1000 business words you need to understand and use appropriately.

List of important business English vocabulary

  1. ability
  2. absent
  3. accept
  4. according to
  5. account
  6. accounting (department)
  7. acknowledge
  8. acquisition
  9. act
  10. actually
  11. actuary
  12. added value
  13. address
  14. addressee
  15. admit
  16. advance (in advance)
  17. advance payment
  18. advantage
  19. advertise
  20. advertisement (ad)
  21. advertising agency
  22. advice
  23. advice of payment
  24. advise
  25. affect
  26. afford
  27. after-sales service
  28. agenda
  29. agent
  30. agreement
  31. ahead of the pack
  32. air freight
  33. airway bill
  34. aisle
  35. alignment
  36. alternative
  37. amount due
  38. amplify
  39. anecdote
  40. annotate
  41. Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  42. annual leave
  43. apartment
  44. apology
  45. appendix
  46. application
  47. apply for a job
  48. apply (e.g., a technique)
  49. appoint
  50. approach
  51. approval (on approval)
  52. approve
  53. arbitration
  54. arithmetic
  55. article
  56. articles of association
  57. articulate
  58. as mentioned
  59. assessment
  60. assessor
  61. asset
  62. attendee
  63. attorney
  64. audience rapport
  65. augment
  66. author
  67. authorized share capital
  68. authorization
  69. authorize
  70. available
  71. avoid
  72. back to square one
  73. back up
  74. background
  75. baggage claim
  76. balance
  77. balance sheet
  78. ballot
  79. ballpark number/figure
  80. bandwidth
  81. bank
  82. bank account
  83. bank charges
  84. bank transfer
  85. banknote
  86. bargain price
  87. barometer stock
  88. barrister
  89. base rate
  90. bearish market
  91. bedrock price
  92. behavior
  93. benchmarking
  94. benefit
  95. best practice
  96. best regards
  97. bid
  98. big data
  99. big picture
  100. bi-lingual
  101. bill
  102. bill of exchange
  103. bill of lading
  104. billboard
  105. billion
  106. bind
  107. bit
  108. black market
  109. blank cheque
  110. bleeding edge
  111. blue-chip stocks
  112. blue-sky thinking
  113. blurb
  114. board
  115. board of directors
  116. boarding pass
  117. body
  118. body language
  119. bond
  120. bonus
  121. borrow
  122. bottom line
  123. box
  124. break
  125. branch
  126. brand
  127. brand new
  128. brand awareness
  129. branding
  130. break
  131. bridging loan
  132. brief
  133. brisk trade
  134. broadsheet
  135. browser
  136. budget
  137. build
  138. building
  139. building society
  140. bullish market
  141. bureau de change
  142. business
  143. business angel
  144. business plan
  145. buy
  146. buyer
  147. buy-in
  148. by the book
  149. byte
  150. calculate
  151. call
  152. campaign
  153. cancel
  154. candidate
  155. capital
  156. capital stock
  157. capitalisation issue
  158. career
  159. cargo
  160. carriage free
  161. carriage paid to
  162. case
  163. cash
  164. cash dispenser
  165. cash flow statement
  166. cash refund offer
  167. cashier
  168. casting vote
  169. censor
  170. certificate of origin
  171. chain store
  172. chairman
  173. challenge
  174. change
  175. chapter
  176. charge
  177. charge for
  178. check
  179. check in
  180. checkbook
  181. cheque
  182. choose
  183. circulation
  184. cite
  185. claim
  186. clarify
  187. classified ads
  188. clause
  189. click
  190. client
  191. close
  192. close a deal
  193. coin
  194. cold call
  195. collaborate
  196. commercial
  197. commission
  198. commitment
  199. commodities
  200. communicate
  201. company
  202. comparison
  203. competition
  204. competitor
  205. complain
  206. complete
  207. comprehensive
  208. compromise
  209. concept
  210. condition
  211. conference
  212. conference call
  213. confirm
  214. confirmation
  215. consensus
  216. consequential loss
  217. consider
  218. consultant
  219. consumer
  220. container
  221. content
  222. contract
  223. convenience store
  224. convince
  225. cookie
  226. coordinate
  227. copyright
  228. core business
  229. core competency
  230. corner the market
  231. corporate synergy
  232. correspondent
  233. cost
  234. cost of sales
  235. count
  236. counteroffer
  237. counter-productive
  238. coupon
  239. court of law
  240. cover
  241. cover letter
  242. coworking
  243. credit
  244. credit card
  245. creditor
  246. creditors
  247. critic
  248. crowdfunding
  249. currency
  250. current account
  251. curriculum vitae (CV)
  252. customer
  253. customer service department
  254. customs
  255. cut-throat
  256. data
  257. date
  258. date of birth
  259. deadline
  260. deal
  261. debit
  262. debt
  263. debtor
  264. debtors
  265. decide
  266. decision
  267. declare
  268. decrease
  269. deep dive
  270. defendant
  271. deficit
  272. deliver
  273. deliverable
  274. delivery
  275. demystify
  276. department
  277. department store
  278. departures board
  279. deposit
  280. deposit account
  281. derivative
  282. descend
  283. description
  284. desk
  285. develop
  286. development
  287. dictate
  288. difference
  289. digital marketing
  290. digital strategy
  291. direct investment
  292. direct mail
  293. director
  294. disadvantage
  295. discount
  296. discreet
  297. dismiss
  298. dispatch
  299. disruption
  300. disruptive
  301. distribute
  302. distribution
  303. diversify
  304. divide
  305. dividend
  306. document
  307. domestic
  308. donate
  309. double-page spread
  310. downsell
  311. downsizing
  312. draft
  313. dress code
  314. drill down
  315. drop
  316. dubious
  317. due
  318. duly signed
  319. dutiable
  320. duty free
  321. duty-free
  322. easy come, easy go
  323. e-commerce
  324. economies of scale
  325. edit
  326. editing
  327. editor
  328. editorial
  329. education
  330. elevator
  331. e-marketing
  332. embodiment
  333. emerging markets
  334. empiric
  335. employ
  336. employee
  337. employer
  338. employer's liability
  339. enclosed
  340. encourage
  341. end of play
  342. end user
  343. end-user
  344. enquiry
  345. entrepreneur
  346. environment
  347. equal
  348. equipment
  349. equities
  350. equity
  351. establish
  352. estate agent
  353. estimate
  354. evidence
  355. exaggerated
  356. excerpt
  357. excess baggage
  358. exchange
  359. exchange rate
  360. exclusive rights
  361. executive officer
  362. expand
  363. expenses
  364. experience
  365. explanation
  366. exponential
  367. extend
  368. extension of payment time
  369. extranet
  370. eye-catcher
  371. facilitate
  372. facilities
  373. factor
  374. factory
  375. failure to pay
  376. fall
  377. feasible
  378. feature
  379. features
  380. fee
  381. feedback
  382. fiction
  383. Figure out
  384. file
  385. fill in
  386. fire (someone from a job)
  387. firm offer
  388. fix
  389. flight
  390. flight attendant
  391. flip chart
  392. fluent
  393. follow-up
  394. font
  395. for example...
  396. for sale
  397. force majeure
  398. forecast
  399. foreign exchange
  400. franchise
  401. free of charge
  402. freehold
  403. freelance
  404. Freemium
  405. freight
  406. fringe benefits
  407. front cover
  408. front page
  409. fulfil
  410. full-time (job)
  411. fund
  412. furnished
  413. Futures
  414. game plan
  415. gate
  416. generic advertising
  417. get down to business
  418. get something off the ground
  419. get the ball rolling
  420. get worse
  421. gig economy
  422. go down the drain
  423. go into administration
  424. go public
  425. go the extra mile
  426. goal
  427. going forward
  428. goods
  429. goods in transit
  430. grant
  431. ground floor
  432. growth
  433. guarantee
  434. guidance
  435. guilty
  436. hand luggage
  437. handout
  438. hands are tied
  439. hard currency
  440. hardback
  441. hardware
  442. headline
  443. headquarters
  444. helicopter view
  445. hereby
  446. herein
  447. hereinafter
  448. hire
  449. hoarding
  450. Human Resources (HR)
  451. hundred
  452. hype
  453. ideate
  454. immigration officer
  455. impact
  456. Implement
  457. improve
  458. improvement
  459. In a nutshell
  460. in behalf of
  461. in bulk
  462. in conclusion,...
  463. in full swing
  464. in the driver's seat
  465. inadequate packing
  466. Incentivize
  467. included
  468. income statement
  469. increase
  470. index
  471. induced
  472. industry
  473. inevitable
  474. inflation
  475. inform
  476. information technology
  477. initial order
  478. input
  479. inquiry
  480. Insider
  481. Insider dealing / trading
  482. insistent
  483. install
  484. Instalment
  485. instructions
  486. insurance
  487. insurance broker
  488. interest
  489. interoperability
  490. Interrupt
  491. interview
  492. Intranet
  493. introductory price
  494. inventory
  495. invest
  496. investment
  497. invoice
  498. irrevocable
  499. issue
  500. item
  501. jet lag
  502. jingle
  503. join
  504. Joint venture
  505. journalist
  506. judge
  507. jury
  508. keep one's eye on the ball
  509. key words
  510. keyboard
  511. know-how
  512. knowledge
  513. label
  514. labour
  515. landlord
  516. launch
  517. lawsuit
  518. lawyer
  519. lead
  520. leadership
  521. leaflet
  522. Learn the ropes
  523. leasehold
  524. legal tender
  525. lend
  526. lengthen
  527. let
  528. letter of credit
  529. letterhead
  530. leverage
  531. liabilities
  532. liability
  533. liable
  534. lien
  535. lift
  536. limit
  537. linear
  538. loan
  539. logistics
  540. Long shot
  541. loss
  542. loss adjuster
  543. low Hanging Fruit
  544. lower
  545. low-hanging fruit
  546. lucrative
  547. mailshot
  548. main point
  549. maintain
  550. make redundant
  551. manage
  552. management
  553. manager
  554. managing director
  555. margin
  556. mark up
  557. marker
  558. market
  559. market leader
  560. market research
  561. marketing
  562. marketing department
  563. mass media
  564. maternity leave
  565. matters arising
  566. measure
  567. media
  568. meeting
  569. memory
  570. mention
  571. merchandise
  572. merchant bank
  573. merger
  574. message
  575. microphone
  576. million
  577. minus
  578. minutes
  579. miscellaneous
  580. mistake
  581. modem
  582. monetization
  583. money order
  584. mortgage
  585. motivate
  586. move the needle
  587. multinational
  588. multiply
  589. multitask
  590. multitude
  591. mutual fund
  592. narrative
  593. nationality
  594. native language
  595. negotiate
  596. net price
  597. network
  598. networking
  599. news website
  600. no strings attached
  601. no-brainer
  602. non profit organization
  603. non-fiction
  604. not going to fly
  605. notice
  606. notorious
  607. objection
  608. objective
  609. obliged
  610. obtain
  611. offer
  612. on request
  613. on the one hand
  614. on the same page
  615. online
  616. online banking
  617. operating system
  618. operations
  619. opinion
  620. opinion leader
  621. opportunity
  622. opportunity cost
  623. option
  624. order
  625. orderform
  626. ordinary share
  627. organisation chart
  628. organise
  629. organize
  630. out in the open
  631. out of pocket
  632. output
  633. outsource
  634. outsourcing
  635. overcome
  636. overdraf
  637. overdrawn
  638. overdue
  639. overhead
  640. overhead projector
  641. overheads
  642. owe
  643. own
  644. pack
  645. packaging
  646. packing list
  647. paper
  648. paperback
  649. par value
  650. paradigm
  651. participate
  652. partnership
  653. party
  654. part-time (job)
  655. pay
  656. pay in
  657. payable by you
  658. payee
  659. paying-in slip
  660. payment
  661. penalty
  662. penny stock
  663. perennial
  664. peripheral
  665. perk
  666. permission
  667. perseverance
  668. personnel
  669. personnel department
  670. personnel officer
  671. petty cash
  672. ping
  673. pivotal
  674. plan
  675. platform
  676. plausible
  677. plead
  678. plug
  679. plus
  680. point of sale
  681. point out
  682. pointer
  683. policy
  684. policyholder
  685. portfolio
  686. possibility
  687. poster
  688. postpone
  689. pragmatic
  690. preferential rate
  691. premium
  692. preparation
  693. present
  694. presentation
  695. president
  696. prespect
  697. prevent
  698. price
  699. price point
  700. prime time
  701. prior notice
  702. prioritize
  703. privacy policy
  704. pro forma invoice
  705. process
  706. produce
  707. product
  708. product liability
  709. product line
  710. production
  711. production department
  712. profit
  713. profit and loss account
  714. profit margin
  715. profound
  716. program
  717. project
  718. prolific
  719. promise
  720. promote
  721. promotion
  722. propelling
  723. property
  724. proposal
  725. prosecutor
  726. prospect
  727. prospects
  728. provide
  729. proxy vote
  730. public liability
  731. public relations
  732. purchase
  733. purchasing department
  734. put all one's eggs in one basket
  735. put the cart before the horse
  736. qualifications
  737. quarter
  738. quarterly
  739. quay
  740. quick win
  741. quota
  742. quotation
  743. quote a price
  744. raise
  745. Raise the bar
  746. Range
  747. range rate
  748. reach
  749. Research and Development Department (R&D department)
  750. reach a consensus
  751. Reach Out
  752. ready for despatch
  753. real estate
  754. Rebate
  755. Receipt
  756. receive
  757. reception
  758. recipient
  759. Recommend
  760. recruit
  761. recruitment
  762. red tape
  763. reduce
  764. reduction
  765. reference
  766. Refund
  767. refuse
  768. registered
  769. registered letter
  770. registered mail
  771. reimbursement
  772. reinsurance
  773. reject
  774. remind
  775. reminder
  776. remittance
  777. remote work
  778. remove
  779. remuneration
  780. renew
  781. repair
  782. repeat order
  783. replacement
  784. reply
  785. report
  786. representative
  787. requirement
  788. resign
  789. respite
  790. respond
  791. responsibility
  792. result
  793. retail
  794. retail price
  795. retail price index (RPI)
  796. retailer
  797. retargeting
  798. retire
  799. return
  800. revenue
  801. reward sales
  802. rise
  803. risk
  804. roadside signs
  805. rock the boat
  806. runway
  807. sabotage
  808. safe bet
  809. salary
  810. sales
  811. sales department
  812. salutation
  813. same boat
  814. sample
  815. scalable
  816. scale
  817. schedule
  818. screen
  819. sector
  820. security
  821. see eye to eye
  822. see something through
  823. sell
  824. send
  825. sensationalism
  826. separate
  827. service
  828. set up
  829. sever ties
  830. share
  831. share certificate
  832. share premium
  833. shareholder
  834. shipment
  835. shipping
  836. shipping agent
  837. shoot something down
  838. shopping centre
  839. shorten
  840. shorthand
  841. show of hands
  842. sick leave
  843. signal
  844. signature
  845. skill
  846. skill set
  847. skim
  848. slide
  849. slogan
  850. slot
  851. smooth sailing
  852. social media
  853. soft currency
  854. software
  855. sold out
  856. solicitor
  857. soundbite
  858. spare parts
  859. speculate
  860. speculator
  861. split
  862. sponsor
  863. square
  864. square root
  865. staff
  866. stakeholder
  867. stakeholders
  868. stand one's ground
  869. standing order
  870. startup
  871. statement
  872. statement of account
  873. status report
  874. stipulate
  875. stock
  876. stockbroker
  877. stockholder
  878. stopover
  879. store
  880. storey
  881. story
  882. strategy
  883. strength
  884. strike
  885. structure
  886. subscribe
  887. subtle
  888. subtract
  889. succeed
  890. success
  891. sue
  892. suggest
  893. suggestion
  894. sum up
  895. summary
  896. supervise
  897. supplier
  898. supply
  899. supply chain
  900. support
  901. sustainability
  902. tabloid
  903. take on
  904. take the bull by the horns
  905. takeover
  906. talk someone into something
  907. talk someone out of something
  908. target
  909. task
  910. taxonomy
  911. team-player
  912. telecommuting
  913. telephone marketing
  914. tenant
  915. tender
  916. terms
  917. terms of payment
  918. the elephant in the room
  919. think outside the box
  920. thousand
  921. ticket
  922. time's up
  923. tip
  924. title
  925. to be grateful
  926. to be short-listed
  927. to enclose
  928. to grant a discount
  929. to inquire
  930. to invoice
  931. to quote a price
  932. to refund
  933. to request
  934. to retail
  935. to ship
  936. to sign
  937. to start with...
  938. to whom it may concern
  939. touch base
  940. traction
  941. trade fair
  942. trade union
  943. trademark
  944. trader
  945. trading session
  946. trainee
  947. training
  948. training course
  949. transaction
  950. transcend
  951. transit passenger
  952. transport
  953. trial
  954. trillion
  955. turning now to...
  956. turnkey
  957. turnover
  958. twist someone's arm
  959. typeset
  960. unanimous
  961. underestimate
  962. underpin
  963. unemployment benefits
  964. union
  965. unit price
  966. unit trusts
  967. unpack
  968. unsaleable
  969. up in the air
  970. uphill battle
  971. upper hand
  972. upsell
  973. vacancy
  974. valid
  975. value
  976. vary
  977. venture capital
  978. verdict
  979. vertical
  980. vice president
  981. video conference
  982. viral marketing
  983. virus
  984. visual aids
  985. vote
  986. warehouse
  987. warrant
  988. waybill
  989. weakness
  990. wheelhouse
  991. whereas
  992. whiteboard
  993. wholesale
  994. wholesaler
  995. with reference to
  996. withdraw
  997. without prejudice
  998. word of mouth
  999. work history
  1000. worker