100 Commonly Used Business Phrasal Verbs with Examples
100個常用商務短語動詞舉例

1. Aim for – to make it a goal or target.
1.目標-使之成為目標或目標。

You need to aim for four more clients this month.
這個月你需要爭取另外四個客戶。

2. Ask around – to ask multiple people to find the answer to something.
2.四處詢問——讓多個人找到某件事情的答案。

Tim, could you please ask around and find out what causing this problem?
蒂姆,你能四處問問是什么引起這個問題嗎?

3. Back up #1 – To make a copy of something to protect against loss.
三.備份1–復制一些東西以防丟失。

Please make sure to back up all your work each day on the company’s server.
請確保每天在公司服務器上備份所有工作。

4. Back up #2 – To talk about an earlier point in a conversation.
4.倒退2–談論談話的前一點。

Let’s back up for a minute. You said earlier that the customer couldn’t log in?
讓我們往前一分鐘。你剛才說客戶不能登錄?

5. Bail out – to save from, or pull out of, failure/loss. (most often using money).
5.紓困——從失敗/損失中拯救或撤出。(最常用的是用錢)。

In 2008-2009, the US government had to bail out many banks. ?
2008-2009年,美國政府不得不救助許多銀行。

Bail out of – to leave quickly when unfinished. (see also: pull out)
跳出-未完成時快速離開。(另請參見:拉出)

We had to bail out of the Sydney deal. We didn’t have the manpower to complete it.
我們不得不從悉尼交易中脫身。我們沒有人力來完成。

Bank on – to count on something or base plans on expecting it to happen.
指望——指望某事或計劃能發生。

The design team at Toyota were banking on the new Escobar line to be a success.
豐田的設計團隊指望新的Escobar系列能取得成功。

Be snowed under – to have a lot or too much work to do.
被大雪覆蓋-有很多或太多的工作要做。

I am snowed under this week. Can we do it next week?
這星期我下雪了。我們下周能做嗎?

Booked out – when all tickets or spaces are already reserved or taken.
已預訂-當所有車票或車位都已預訂或占用時。

Our business event is nearly booked out because of ticket pre-orders.
由于預購機票,我們的商務活動幾乎被預訂一空。

Branch out – to start something new that is similar and in addition to what you have been doing.
開拓領域-開始一些新的東西,是相似的,除了你一直在做的。

The electric car company, Tesla, is branching out into the motorcycle industry.
電動汽車公司特斯拉正在向摩托車行業發展。

Break down – to make something into smaller parts.
分解-把某物分成更小的部分。

We need to break down our sales process to see where we can improve it.
我們需要打破我們的銷售流程,看看我們能在哪里改進它。

Break into – to enter a new market (with effort).
打入一個新的市場。

It’s tough to break into the beauty industry right now.
現在很難打入美容行業。

Bring forward – to move a deadline or agreed time closer to now.
提前-將最后期限或約定的時間移到現在。

Do you mind if we bring our meeting forward to 3 o’clock?
你介意我們把會議提前到3點嗎?

Bring off – to successfully achieve something that is difficult to do.
成功地完成一些很難做到的事情。

Tony promised two times more sales this March. Think he can bring it off?
托尼答應今年三月再增加兩倍的銷售量。你覺得他能成功嗎?

Bring up – to begin a discussion on a topic.
提出-開始一個話題的討論。

I would like to bring up the problems we’re facing in our Asian factories.
我想提出我們在亞洲工廠面臨的問題。

Burn out – to become sick or exhausted because of working too much.
筋疲力盡——由于工作太多而生病或筋疲力盡。

Jill looks burned out this year. I think the change of job has been tough for her.
吉爾今年看起來精疲力盡。我認為換工作對她來說很難。

Buy out – to buy a large enough portion of a company to take control of it.
收購——收購一家公司足夠大的一部分來控制它。

Many companies buy out their competitors to increase their market share.
許多公司買下競爭對手以增加他們的市場份額。

Call back – to phone someone in reply to their (missed) call.
回撥-給某人打電話以回復他們(未接)的電話。

Sarah, could you tell Tom I’ll call him back later? I’m going to a meeting right now.
莎拉,你能告訴湯姆我過會兒再打給他嗎?我現在要去開會。

Call for – to demand or need something.
要求-要求或需要某物。

The shareholders are calling for the CEO’s resignation.
股東們要求首席執行官辭職。

Call off – to cancel.
取消–取消。

Sorry John, I’m going to have to call off our business lunch tomorrow.
對不起,約翰,我明天要取消我們的商務午餐。

Carry on – to continue to do something.
繼續-繼續做某事。

Carry on with your lunch. We can discuss it later.
繼續吃午飯吧。我們可以稍后再討論。

Carry out – to perform an action.
執行-執行一個動作。

Steve will carry out our social media campaign starting next month.
史蒂夫將從下個月開始開展我們的社交媒體活動。

Cash in on – to use an event or external opportunity in your benefit (normally for money).
兌現——利用一個事件或外部機會為自己謀取利益(通常是為了錢)。

Colgate is cashing in on market interest in natural products with a new organic toothpaste.
高露潔正在利用一種新的有機牙膏在市場上對天然產品的興趣。

Cash up – to keep/hold large amounts of money instead of investing or spending it.
套現——保留/持有大量資金,而不是投資或消費。

Apple is cashed up and ready to buy small tech companies.
蘋果已經兌現并準備收購小型科技公司。

Catch on to – to realize something that is happening.
抓住-意識到正在發生的事情。

If large media companies don’t catch on to social media quickly, they’ll go out of business.
如果大型媒體公司不迅速趕上社交媒體,它們就會倒閉。

Catch up – to become up to date with current work to be done.
趕上進度-跟上當前要完成的工作。

I need to catch up with some work I haven’t finished.
我需要趕上一些我還沒做完的工作。

Chase up – to try and get someone to pay a bill.
追查——試著找人付賬。

Tesla has a whole team of accountants who chase up unpaid invoices.
特斯拉有一個完整的會計團隊負責追查未付的發票。

Chip in – to put something in towards a greater goal (normally ideas, work, or money).
投入——把某物投入一個更大的目標(通常是想法、工作或金錢)。

Jerry, could you chip in and help the guys in the factory today?
杰瑞,你今天能插手幫助工廠里的人嗎?

Close down – to permanently stop a business, or part of a business.
關閉-永久性地停止一項業務或一部分業務。

We are closing down our Mexico factory next quarter.
下個季度我們將關閉墨西哥工廠。

Close up – to temporarily stop or close a business (at the end of each day for example).
關閉-暫時停止或關閉業務(例如每天結束時)。

Could you help Sarah close up the shop tonight?
今晚你能幫莎拉把商店關起來嗎?

Come up –to happen or be created.
出現-發生或被創造。

Something unplanned has come up and we won’t make our deadline.
有些意外的事情發生了,我們不能按時完成。

Contract out to – to give work to someone outside of the company to do.
把工作交給公司以外的人去做。

We’re going to contract our website design out to an Indian company
我們將把網站設計外包給一家印度公司

Cross sell – to promote or suggest similar products at the time of customers purchase.
交叉銷售-在客戶購買時推廣或建議同類產品。

Companies like Vista Print and Amazon use cross selling to maximize spending.
像vista print和amazon這樣的公司使用交叉銷售來最大化支出。

Cut out – to get rid of, or take away, something/someone.
刪掉-去掉或拿走某物/某人。

If we cut out the middle man we can lower our costs.
如果我們去掉中間人,我們就能降低成本。

Deal with – to handle, work, or interact with, something/someone.
處理-處理、工作或與某物/某人互動。

Our company deals with dentists all over the country.
我們公司與全國各地的牙醫打交道。

Draw up – to prepare paperwork/contracts/plans/etc. Normally to do with written work.
起草-準備書面文件/合同/計劃等。

Let’s talk again after Timothy in our legal department draws up a contract.
我們法律部的蒂莫西起草合同后再談吧。

Drop in/by – to visit.
順便來看看。

Greg from head office is going to drop in
總部的格雷格要來拜訪。

Drop off – to deliver something.
下車-送東西。

The FedEx guy dropped off something for you this morning, sir.
今天早上聯邦快遞的人給你送了東西,先生。

Drum up – to increase or gain something. Normally business/sales/awareness/customers.
鼓起-增加或獲得某物。通常業務/銷售/意識/客戶。

Little bakeries are having a hard time drumming up business after Tesco opened its own in-store bakeries.
在樂購開設自己的店內面包店后,小面包店正忙著打鼓生意。

Fall short – to not have enough of something. Often money or time.
做不到-沒有足夠的東西。通常是金錢或時間。

If a cash register falls short, the cashier has to pay the difference themselves.
如果收銀機缺錢,出納員必須自己付差額。

Fall through – to not be successful. To fail or lose something.
失敗-不成功。失敗或失去某物

Google had a deal to sell to Yahoo! ten years ago but it fell through.
谷歌有一筆交易要賣給雅虎!十年前但是失敗了。

File away – to put in organized storage (normally documents, and files)
文件存放-存放在有組織的存儲中(通常是文檔和文件)

Remember to file away those invoices after you’re finished with them.
別忘了把那些發票用完后歸檔。

Fill in for – to temporarily replace something or someone.
填寫-臨時替換某物或某人。

Can you come into work today? We need someone to fill in for Sam, who’s sick.
你今天能上班嗎?山姆病了,我們需要有人來代替他。

Fill out – to complete or put details into a form or survey.
填寫-完成或將細節放入表格或調查中。

Could you please take the time to fill out our customer survey?
請您花點時間填寫我們的客戶調查表好嗎?

Find out – look for information or to discover something previously unknown.
發現-尋找信息或發現以前未知的東西。

Tom, please find out what happened to the supplier’s delivery.
湯姆,請查查供應商的交貨情況。

Get ahead – to become successful in your career or business.
勇往直前-在事業或事業上取得成功。

You have to be tough to get ahead in the finance industry.
要想在金融業取得領先地位,你必須堅強。

Get on – to make improvement or progress.
繼續前進-取得進步或進步。

How did you get on with the marketing plan this week?
這周你是如何進行市場營銷計劃的?

Go through – to read, discuss, or examine something, usually paper.
閱讀,討論,或檢查一些東西,通常是紙。

Tom from legal will get back to us after going through the contracts.
法務部的湯姆在簽完合同后會回來找我們的。

Hire out – to allow others to use a resource you own in return for money.
出租-允許他人使用你擁有的資源來換取金錢。

The boss wants to hire out the 3rd floor of our office building to a small business.
老板想把我們辦公樓的三樓出租給一家小企業。

Hold off on – to postpone something until a later date.
推遲——把某事推遲到以后的日期。

They will need to hold off on the release of their new phone until they fix the battery.
他們需要推遲新手機的發布,直到他們修好電池。

Hold on – to wait (usually for a small period of time).
堅持——等待(通常是很小的一段時間)。

Please hold on for a minute until I finish this call.
請稍等,直到我打完電話。

Hold out – to wait before taking action or remain in the same difficult situation.
堅持——在行動之前等待,或處于同樣困難的境地。

Sir, I think we should hold out for a better offer before selling.
先生,我想我們應該在出售前先爭取一個更好的報價。

Hone in on – to focus on one thing. Or, to focus down in detail.
專注于一件事。或者,把注意力放在細節上。

GoPro has been successful in honing in on the extreme sports market.
Gopro已經成功地在極限運動市場上磨練了。

Join in on – to take part in an activity.
參加-參加一項活動。

Let’s get Steve from accounting to join in on this meeting.
讓會計部的史蒂夫參加這次會議。

Keep up with – to stay up to date. Or to stay at the same level or speed as something else.
跟上-保持最新。或者保持與其他事物相同的水平或速度。

Small businesses find it difficult to keep up with technology changes.
小企業發現很難跟上技術的變化。

Key in – to type something on a computer or keyboard.
鍵入-在計算機或鍵盤上鍵入內容。

We’re looking for a data entry specialist to key in customer’s purchase history.
我們正在尋找一個數據輸入專家來輸入客戶的購買歷史。

Knuckle down – to focus on the task or job to be done.
全神貫注——專注于要完成的任務或工作。

The design team will have to really knuckle down to finish this by Christmas.
設計團隊必須全力以赴在圣誕節前完成這項工作。

Lay off – to fire. To tell to leave the company.
解雇-解雇。告訴他離開公司。

They had to lay off He was stealing paperclips.
他們不得不解雇他,因為他在偷回形針。

Look into – to research to find more information.
調查-研究以發現更多信息。

Our office keeps losing paperclips. Can you please look into it Stacy?
我們的辦公室老是丟回形針。你能幫我查一下嗎史黛西?

Look through – to examine or read briefly on the surface
瀏覽-在表面上檢查或簡短地閱讀

The team had a quick look through your proposal.
小組很快就看完了你的建議。

Look up to – to respect and admire.
尊敬-尊敬和欽佩。

I know you look up to Larry like a father, which makes this hard.
我知道你像父親一樣尊敬拉里,這讓事情變得很難。

Make up – to compensate for something. (also see: Catch up)
補償-補償某物。(另見:追趕)

There’s a lot to do today. The office needs to make up for being closed last week.
今天有很多事要做。這間辦公室需要彌補上星期關門的損失。

Measure up – to be at the right level or good enough to do something.
衡量——處于正確的水平或足夠好地做某事。

We hired an ex-Apple Marketing Director. I hope he measures up to expectations.
我們雇了一位前蘋果市場總監。我希望他能達到預期。

Meet up – to get together.
相聚——相聚。

The department heads are meeting up next week to talk about Larry’s behavior.
部門主管下周開會討論拉里的行為。

note down – to write something quickly to use again later.
記下來——快速地寫下一些東西以便以后再次使用。

Stacy, could you join us and note down the key points to the meeting?
史黛西,你能和我們一起記下會議的要點嗎?

Pencil in – To make flexible plans for something that can still change.
臨時安排-為一些仍然可以改變的事情制定靈活的計劃。

Shall we pencil in next Wednesday at 1 pm for your interview?
我們下星期三下午一點來面試好嗎?

Phone up – to call by phone.
打電話——打電話。

Customers have been phoning up with complaints about the new Furby toy.
顧客們一直打電話投訴新的富比玩具。

Pick up – to increase or improve after a period of slow or no results.
恢復-在一段時間緩慢或沒有結果后增加或改善。

Business really has really picked up since the month of June.
六月份以來生意真的很好。

Point out – to bring attention to something.
指出-引起對某事的注意。

I need to point out that we have not yet decided on new product’s name yet.
我需要指出的是,我們還沒有決定新產品的名稱。

Pull out of – to stop doing something. Or, to stop being a part of something.
退出-停止做某事。或者,停止成為某件事的一部分。

Many companies are pulling out of their advertising contracts with YouTube.
許多公司正退出與youtube的廣告合同。

Put back –to stall or delay something to a later date (also see: Hold off on)
推遲——推遲或推遲某物的日期(另見:推遲)

The delivery date will be put back by two days because of the hurricane.
由于颶風的影響,交貨期將推遲兩天。

Put off – to know longer feel positive about something.
推遲——去了解更多對某事的積極感覺。

Many Samsung customers were put off by the Note 7 battery problems.
許多三星的客戶被Note7電池問題耽擱了。

Report Back – to return to a boss or superior person with new information found.
向上司或上級匯報新的信息。

It’s part of your job to report back any issues you find within the company’s servers.
報告在公司服務器中發現的任何問題是您工作的一部分。

Rip off – when a product/service is expensive in comparison to its value.
次品-當產品/服務比它的價值昂貴時。

Some say the iPhone 7 is a rip off because little has been changed since the iPhone 6.
有人說iPhone7是個騙局,因為自iPhone6以來幾乎沒有什么變化。

Run by / past – to check with someone first.
路過/路過-先和某人確認一下。

Shouldn’t we run it by the supervisor, first?
我們不應該先由主管來處理嗎?

Run late – when you will not be somewhere at the planned time.
晚點——你不會在計劃的時間出現在某個地方。

He is running a little late this morning because of traffic.
由于交通堵塞,他今天早上有遲到。

Run out of – to not have any more of an item.
用完-不再擁有任何物品。

We are about to run out of printing ink, could you order more, please?
我們的墨水快用完了,請再點一點好嗎?

Sell off – to sell a part of or a whole business.
出售-出售部分或全部業務。

Nokia plans to sell off its mobile phone department to Samsung.
諾基亞計劃將其手機部門出售給三星。

Sell out – to have sold all items of something with nothing left.
賣完——把某物的所有東西都賣光了。

We always sell out of that perfume brand during this time of year.
在每年的這個時候,我們總是賣掉那個香水品牌。

Set up – to arrange/create. Or, to start a new business or a new department of a business
設置-安排/創建。或者,開辦一家新公司或一個新部門

Virgin Airways plans to set up offices in Berlin next year.
維珍航空計劃明年在柏林設立辦事處。

Shop around – to compare prices and products at different places before buying.
貨比三家——在購買前比較不同地方的價格和產品。

Most large companies constantly shop around for the cheapest materials.
大多數大公司經常到處采購最便宜的材料。

Sign off on – to formally approve of something
簽字-正式批準某事

You’re going to need the boss to sign off on this order.
你需要老板在這張訂單上簽字。

Sign up – to agree to receive or to do something.
注冊-同意接收或做某事。

Many website companies want their site’s visitors to sign up for a newsletter.
許多網站公司希望他們網站的訪問者注冊一份時事通訊。

Sort out – to fix or solve a problem.
解決-解決或解決一個問題。

The company had to recall all the phones to sort out the battery problem.
公司不得不召回所有的電話來解決電池問題。

Spell out – to explain in plain and simple terms.
用簡單明了的語言解釋。

Tech companies need to really spell out their product’s advantages to customers.
科技公司需要真正向客戶闡明他們產品的優勢。

Step Down – to give up their position or title.
下臺-放棄他們的職位或頭銜。

The CEO of Malaysia Airways stepped down on Tuesday after the news report.
馬來西亞航空首席執行官周二在新聞報道后辭職。

Step up – to try/work harder
更上一層樓-努力工作

Our company needs to step it up if we want to compete with Tesla.
如果我們想和特斯拉競爭,我們公司需要加大力度。

Stock up – to collect or buy a lot of something.
備貨——收集或購買很多東西。

Most restaurants stock up on champagne before New Year’s Eve.
大多數餐館在除夕夜前都備有香檳。

Take off #1 – to become highly successful or popular quickly.
迅速走紅1-迅速成為非常成功或受歡迎的人。

The Harry Potter books took off even faster than the publisher expected.
哈利波特的書比出版商預期的要快得多。

Take off #2 – to not go to work.
請假2-不去上班。

Boss, can I take Tuesday off to visit my friend in the hospital?
老板,星期二我可以請假去醫院看我的朋友嗎?

Take on – to accept or agree to deal with.
接受或同意處理。

The boss thinks that you’ve taken on too much work and wants me to help you.
老板認為你承擔了太多的工作,要我幫你。

Take over – to gain control. Or, to do something someone else was responsible for.
接管-獲得控制權。或者,做別人應該負責的事。

The Financial controller has taken over the accountants duties.
財務總監接管了會計師的職責。

Talk over – to discuss a topic for decision.
討論-討論一個要做決定的話題。

Let’s talk it over tomorrow during the Sales meeting.
我們明天在銷售會議上再談吧。

Team up – to work together with another on something.
團隊合作-在某件事情上與另一個人一起工作。

Malcolm and John, you two team up to solve this issue.
馬爾科姆和約翰,你們兩個一起解決這個問題。

Trade in – to give something old as part of the price paid for new things.
以舊換新——以舊換新。

All customers get $100 off the new S8 when trading in their old S7.
所有顧客在舊的s7上交易時都能從新的s8上得到100美元的折扣。

Trade off – to negotiate or make a deal
權衡——談判或達成交易

I had to trade off my paid vacation leave for a smaller workload.
我不得不把帶薪休假換成一個小工作量的工作。

Turn down – to reject or say no.
拒絕-拒絕或拒絕。

He turned down my request for a raise
他拒絕了我的加薪要求

Up sell – to promote a more premium product option or add-ons during the sales process.
追加銷售–在銷售過程中推廣更優質的產品選項或附加組件。

McDonald’s up sells at every opportunity. “Want to make it jumbo size for $1?”
麥當勞每一個機會都在銷售。“想把它做成1美元的特大號嗎?“。”

Weigh up – to think about both sides of something. Ie cost vs benefit.
舉重——思考事物的兩面。即成本與效益。

A company must weigh up the costs and benefits when changing their pricing.
公司在改變定價時必須權衡成本和收益。

Work out –to find the solution for something or to calculate something.
解決-為某事找到解決方案或計算某事。

The boss wants me to work out the total cost per unit.
老板要我計算出每個單位的總成本。