Business English – meeting vocabulary



Business English – meeting vocabulary


Business English is a form of the English language typically used in business, international trade, finance, in corporations and offices all around the world. It can come in handy if you work at a company doing international business and working with foreign clients. It can be used in negotiations, meetings, presentations, business reports etc. Business English focuses mainly on specific vocabulary and expressions.


Meetings are the most common element of business and if you want to accomplish anything in the business world you have to know how to communicate with employees and business partners. Therefore we prepared a list of common vocabulary and expressions used during meetings.


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Vocabulary related to meetings:

Absent – not present

Absentee – someone who was expected to be present at a meeting for example but isn’t

To address – to deal with something

To adjourn – to suspend a meeting to a future time

Agenda – a plan of a meeting or a list of things to be discussed at a meeting

AGM – annual general meeting

To allocate – to assign (i.e. a task to someone)

Alternative – another option

AOB – any other business (usually the last item in the agenda to talk about issues not mentioned in the agenda)

Attendee – someone who is present (i.e. at a meeting)

Board of directors – a group of chosen members who make decisions and oversee the activities of a company

Boardroom – a meeting room (usually with a big, long table)

Brainstorming – a technique of solving problems by sharing spontaneous ideas in a group

To cancel – to call off ( i.e. a meeting)

Chair/chairperson – a person who holds the meeting (is in charge)

Closing remarks – last item on the meeting agenda usually including a short summary, reminders

To collaborate – to work together

To commence – to being, start

Conference call – telephone meeting between three or more parties

Deadline – the time by which something must be done

To implement – to put into effect, to carry out

Item (item on the agenda) – a point in the agenda

Mandatory – obligatory, compulsory

Minutes – official record of the meeting including the main discussed points and opinions of the members as well as decisions

Motion – a suggestion which is put to a vote

Objective – goal

Participant – someone who takes part in a meeting or event

Show of hands – a vote counted by raised hands

Stand in for – to represent someone who is absent

Unanimous – in complete agreement


Check out other business English resources: business English – general vocabulary and expressions, business idioms, business English – negotiations, business English – CV vocabulary and tips.


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