PHRASAL VERBS – Business

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Hi, everyone!

Here is another post about phrasal verbs.

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic phrases consisting of a verb and another element, typically an adverb or a preposition, or a combination of both. They are widely used by native speakers of English so it’s a good idea to try to learn some of them.

We’ll see some of the basic phrasal verbs to describe Business in this post. I’m sure you’ve already heard some or maybe all of them and will be able to understand the meaning by the context, so here we go!

BRING OUT – publish, release. (publicar, divulgar)


J.K.Rowling brought out her first novel at the age of 31.

BUILD ON – develop further. (aprofundar-se, basear-se em)

The beginners’ course will give you a good base which you can build on.

COME OUT OF  – result. (resultar)


Let’s hope that something good can come out of this.

HAND OVER – give, relinquish.  (dar, passar)

He recently handed over the control of the company to his son.

KEEP DOWN – keep something at a lower level or preventing something from increasing. (reduzir, baixar)

We need to keep down production costs.

LOOK INTO – find out and examine the facts. (olhar, examinar os fatos)

They hired a financial adviser to look into the firm’s accounts.

MAKE UP FOR – compensate.  (compensar)

There would have to be major cuts to make up for the loss of revenue.

PULL OUT – when you decide not to continue with an activity or agreement. (sair, retirar-se)

The manager decided to pull the company out of the deal.

SEND OFF – send something by post, email or text message. (enviar, direcionar)

We have to send these letters off today.

SEND OUT – distribute copies by email. (enviar, mandar)


We send regular newsletters out to our customers.

START UP – start a new business or project. (começar, iniciar)

She wanted to start up her own business.

TAKE OFF – become very successful or popular. (decolar)

If this product takes off, we’ll be able to make our money back within a year.

TAKE OVER – gain control. (assumir o controle)

He’s made great success with his restaurant since he took it over.

TEAM UP  – join together. (unir forças, juntar-se)


Both companies teamed up in order to gain more power.

TRY OUT – test. (testar)

The company is trying out a new solution to this problem.

TURN AROUND – revolve, transform, reform. (virar, girar, mudar)

He decided to walk out as his boss refused to give him a raise.

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