Useful Business English vocabulary


Having the right word at the right time can avoid you struggling with the consequences of a misunderstanding, or it can simply avoid you to look uncertain.

You should consider taking notes of the 9 advanced Business English words below.

Please see also the Business English vocabulary infographic at the bottom of the page.


Success in reaching a required stage

Example: We have a lot to accomplish this week to meet the targets



Example: It is mandatory that all workers start at 8am and finish at 5pm

Show of hands

Raised hands to show an opinion in a vote

Example: From the show of hands it appears that everyone is in favour of taking a short break


The date when something is due for completion

Example: The deadline for the order is June 10th


A written record of everything said at a meeting

Example: Let’s review the minutes from last month and see what has been resolved since then


Plan to make something work

Example: We need to come up with a strategy that will allow us to increase work output


Complaint made by a worker or a customer

Example: A grievance has been reported by one of the managers about one of his staff

Opening remarks

Chairperson or leader’s first words at a meeting

Example: As mentioned in my opening remarks


Everyone is in complete agreement or united opinion

Example: The vote was unanimous to cut working hours from 46 to 39 hours



9 Useful Business English Words

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