Business Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example
branch out expand We need to branch out into new markets.
break into enter (with effort or force) It is difficult to break into the American market.
carry on continue John carried on working after the shop closed.
close down stop operating The company had to close down because of financial problems.
look forward to anticipate with pleasure I look forward to meeting you next week.
note down write Note down the address so you don't forget.
step down resign or leave (a position/job) The manager stepped down for family reasons.
take off rise quickly Sales took off last quarter.
take up occupy or fill (time) The meeting will take up the morning.
weigh up consider I will weigh up the advantages and disadvantages.
back up make a copy of Back up your computer files before you leave.
carry out perform or conduct We plan to carry out a customer survey next month.
come up happen or arise Something has come up, so I can't come to the meeting.
get on make progress How did you get on with the report yesterday?
keep up with follow Do you keep up with the financial news?
set up start (a business) Kate is setting up a business as a translator.
go through experience The company is going through a difficult time.
find out discover or obtain (information) Can you find out the sales figures for last month?
call off cancel The conference was called off because there was a problem with the venue.
call back return a phone call Can you call back later?
deal with handle (a problem) I deal with customer complaints.
drop in visit I will drop in tomorrow morning.
fill out complete (a form) Please fill out this form.
hold on wait Can you hold on, please?
join in participate Please join in and share your ideas.
lay off fire (staff) We have to lay off 20 people because of the financial crisis.
put back delay or postpone The meeting has been put back until next week.
run out of have no more of something The printer has run out of ink.
sort out organise or fix I need to sort out my travel plans.
take on employ (staff) The business is growing, so we need to take on more staff.

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