Business English: phrasal verbs frequently used in business contexts

Phrasal verbs occur frequently in English so it’s important you can understand what they mean.

And being able to use them yourself makes your spoken and written English more natural, and more accomplished.

There isn’t really a specific part of English that can be called ‘business phrasal verbs’. But there are many phrasal verbs that you’ll read and hear often in business contexts, and it’s very useful to learn some or all of these.

Here are 50 phrasal verbs that are commonly used in work and business contexts, with example sentences to show you how they can be used…



Do you find English phrasal verbs easy to learn and use?

Are there any that you’ve recently seen or heard used in a business context, that you didn’t understand?

Let me know in the comments. I’m happy to help.



  1. In the United States, in lieu of the second example of the phrase “contract out,” we would say “opt out.” You choose to opt out of a plan, if you choose not to join it.

    • Hi Laura,

      Thank you very much for this interesting observation. I think ‘contract out’ is mainly a British/UK English expression, although we frequently use ‘opt out’ here in the UK too – and I would choose to use ‘opt out’ when talking about opting/contracting out of something.

      Thank you very much for visiting šŸ™‚

  2. hi
    thanks interesting list, do you have a frequency source for selections made?

  3. Great list. Thanks so much for compiling this!

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