Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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CASHFLOW kæʃ floʊ

28 May 2017


  • the amount of money moving through a company.
Example Sentence: Accountants can advise on systems for managing cashflow.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE kæpɪtl ɪkˈspɛndɪtʃə

27 May 2017


  • the cost of long-term improvements.
Example Sentence: They do not have enough cashflow to cover their capital expenditure.

BUYOUT baɪˌaʊt

26 May 2017


  • when a person or group buys control of a company.
Example Sentence: A private equity firm has completed its £3.5bn buyout of the UK music group.

ANALYST ænlɪst

25 May 2017


  • Somebody whose job is to carefully study and understand something.
Example Sentence: Business analysts say the crisis is likely to hurt the country’s economy.

IN-HOUSE ɪnˌhaʊs

24 May 2017


  • provided or carried out by the company and not by an external contractor.
Example Sentence: We are arranging an in-house training course for managers.

FREELANCE friˌlæns

23 May 2017


  • earning money by selling your services to other businesses.
Example Sentence: She is a freelance graphic designer.

FREE REIN fri reɪn

22 May 2017


  • allow somebody to do whatever they want.
Example Sentence: Each department had free rein to make decisions and set procedures.

ESTABLISH ɪˈstæblɪʃ

21 May 2017


  • to start a company, especially one that has lasted for a long time.
Example Sentence: The company was established in 1856.

DOWNSIZE daʊnˌsaɪz

20 May 2017


  • to reduce the size of a company or operation by shedding resources.
Example Sentence: The were forced to downsize due to increasing overheads.

DEPRECIATE dɪˈpriʃiˌeɪt

19 May 2017


  • to lose value, especially with time.
Example Sentence: In general, big cars tend to depreciate faster than smaller cars.

DEMOTE dɪˈmoʊt

18 May 2017


  • to be moved to a position of lower status.
Example Sentence: He was demoted because of poor performance.

DECENTRALISE diˈsɛntrəˌlaɪz

17 May 2017


  • to move control of an organisation from one (central) body to several smaller ones.
Example Sentence: Many attempts have been made in recent years to decentralise power.

CONSENSUS kənˈsɛnsəs

16 May 2017


  • an opinion that all members of a group agree with.
Example Sentence: There was a general consensus that action was required.


15 May 2017


  • a section or statement from a legal text, such as a law or a contract.
Example Sentence: The lawyer drew his attention to clause 12.5 of the contract.

CARGO kɑrgoʊ

14 May 2017


  • the goods being transported by plane or ship.
Example Sentence: When the ship beached, much of the cargo floated ashore.