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BEAR MARKET bɛər mɑrkɪt

07 Jun 2020


  • a downward market trend when prices of shares, commodities etc are falling and the market is pessimistic. When this occurs there is usually high inflation and unemployment.
Example Sentence: Investment in a bear market might make sense.

BULL MARKET bʊl mɑrkɪt

06 Jun 2020


  • an upward market trend when prices of shares, commodities etc are rising and the market is optimistic.
Example Sentence: Though things seem to be improving in our sector, the bull market won't come back.

RALLY ˈræli

05 Jun 2020


  • when share prices (or the stock exchange itself) return to a strong position after a period of weakness.
Example Sentence: Unfortunately I only started buying shares when the summer stock market rally was over so I didn't get as rich as some of my friends did.

OVERHAUL oʊvərˌhɔl

04 Jun 2020


  • a general, thorough examination of machinery, computers, systems etc
Example Sentence: Productivity has been decreasing gradually in the past few months so a complete overhaul of the system is absolutely necessary.

TO REFUND rɪˈfʌnd

03 Jun 2020


  • to give a customer their money back because they are not satisfied with the product or service they have received.
Example Sentence: The shop was not willing to refund my money in full so I decided to report them to the competent authority.

REGULATOR rɛgyəˌleɪtər

02 Jun 2020


  • an organisation or body that controls an area of industry and monitors its fair operation.
Example Sentence: The Spanish regulator has not released any details about the new tender for spectrums so far.


01 Jun 2020


  • to practise e.g. a presentation before actually delivering it.
Example Sentence: It is important to rehearse before delivering a presentation, partly because you can gain the necessary confidence this way.

PURVEYOR pərˈveɪər

31 May 2020


  • a company that supplies goods or services.
Example Sentence: Although we've just entered the market, we'd like to become the number one purveyor of fine wines and rare spirits within a year.

TO DISRUPT dɪsˈrʌpt

30 May 2020


  • to interrupt the normal continuity of the operation of something; to cause disorder in something.
Example Sentence: The natural catastrophe disrupted commerce and business in general in the whole country.

TO SUBCONTRACT sʌbkənˈtrækt

29 May 2020


  • to pay a (third party) company or a person to carry out work that you have been given a contract to do earlier.
Example Sentence: Though we subcontracted manufacturing ages ago, we think carrying out the tasks related to design ourselves is crucial if we want to maintain the quality our customers are used to.


28 May 2020


  • to stop taking part in something or doing something.
Example Sentence: Air Asia withdrew its flights from Heathrow Airport in October.

TO ROLL OUT roʊlˌaʊt

27 May 2020


  • to launch a new product or service in a market.
Example Sentence: We have just finished testing our new product line and we are planning to roll it out early next year.

SLUSH FUND slʌʃ slʌʃ

26 May 2020


  • a certain amount of money kept for illegal and/or dishonest purposes, mainly for politics OR a reserve fund (not necessarily in the context of corruption).
Example Sentence: We all know that almost all the parties in this country have money that can be used as a little slush fund when needed.

CONSIDERABLE kənˈsɪdərəbəl

25 May 2020


  • significant, large.
Example Sentence: The earthquake last week was devastating. The damage to our business operations was considerable.

TO BRIBE braɪb

24 May 2020


  • to give someone (e.g. a civil servant) money (usually illegally) in the hope that they will do something for you in exchange.
Example Sentences: My son didn't want to do his homework so I bribed him with a big bar of chocolate.
Today someone tried to bribe me to give him a loan with better conditions but I refused to do so and immediately reported her to the management of the bank.