Business Dictionary





Business Dictionary


This Business Dictionary gives the user the basic business vocabulary used in both British and American English. The dictionary contains 4,500 words and phrases which cover all aspects of business life from the office to the Stock Exchange and the international trade fair. Each word is clearly defined in very simple English. Only 470 words are used in the definitions which do not appear in the dictionary as main words. Many examples are given to show how the words are used in normal contexts and the examples themselves are translated into simple English. Some entries have simple grammar notes to remind the user of irregular word forms, constructions used with particular words, differences between American and British usage and other useful points. Because English is a world language of business, we have included short quotations to show how it is used in various countries round the world.

We would like to thank the many people who have helped in the editing of this dictionary.

The special features of this Dictionary are :


  • Basic business vocabulary of 4,500 words, with a further 3,500 derived words and compounds


  • Explanations in simple English


  • Examples of words used in context


  • Short grammatical notes on usage and constructions


  • Real quotations from current magazines and newspapers from round the world


  • Daily
  • Damage
  • Damaged
  • Damp Down
  • Danger
  • In danger of
  • Danger money
  • Dangerous
  • Dangerous job
  • Data
  • Data acquisition
  • Data bank
  • Bank of Data
  • Data processing
  • Database
  • Date : noun
  • Date Stamp
  • Date of receipt
  • Up to Date
  • To Date
  • Maturity Date
  • Date of bill
  • Date : nerb
  • Dated
  • Long-Dated bill
  • Short-Dated bill
  • Day : 1
  • Settlement Day
  • Day : 2
  • To work an eight-hour Day
  • Day Shift
  • Day release
  • Daybook
  • Day-to-day
  • Day worker
  • DCF
  • Dead
  • Dead Loss
  • Dead Money
  • Dead Season
  • Deadline
  • Deadlock : noun
  • Deadlock : verb
  • Deadweight
  • Deadweight Cargo
  • Deadweight Capacity
  • Deadweight Tonnage
  • Deal : noun
  • To call off a Deal
  • Cash Deal
  • Package Deal
  • A Great Deal
  • A Good Deal of Something
  • Deal : verb
  • Dealer
  • Dealing
  • Fair Dealing
  • Foreign Exchange Dealing
  • Forward Dealings
  • Insider Dealing
  • Option Dealing
  • To have dealings with someone
  • Dear
  • Dear Money
  • Death
  • Death Benefit
  • Death in Service
  • Death Duty
  • Death Tax
  • Debenture
  • Mortgage Debenture
  • Debenture Issue
  • Issue of Debenture
  • Debenture Bond
  • Debenture Capital
  • Debenture Stock
  • Debenture Holder
  • Debenture Register
  • Register of Debenture
  • Debit : noun
  • Debits and Credits
  • Debit Balance
  • Debit Column
  • Debit Entry
  • Debit Side
  • Debit Note
  • Direct Debit
  • Debit : verb
  • Debitable
  • Deceit
  • Deception
  • Debt
  • To be in Debt
  • To get into Debt
  • To pay back a Debt
  • To pay off a Debt
  • To service a Debt
  • Bad Debt
  • Secured Debt
  • Unsecured Debt
  • Debt Collection
  • Debt Collection Agency
  • Debt Collector
  • Debts Due
  • Funded Debt
  • The National Debt
  • Debtor
  • Debtor Side
  • Debtor Nation
  • Decentralize
  • Decentralization
  • Decide
  • Deciding
  • Decile
  • Decimal
  • Decimal Point
  • Decimalization
  • Decimalize
  • Decision
  • Decision Making
  • Decision Maker
  • Deck
  • Deck Cargo
  • Deck Hand
  • Declaration
  • Declaration of Bankruptcy
  • Declaration of Income
  • Customs Declaration
  • VAT Declaration
  • Declare
  • Declared
  • Declared Value
  • Decline : noun
  • Decline : verb
  • Decontrol
  • Decrease : noun
  • Decrease : verb
  • Deduct
  • Tax deducted at source
  • Deductible
  • Deduction
  • Deductions from Salary
  • Salary Deductions
  • Deductions at Source
  • Tax Deductions
  • Deed
  • Deed of Assignment
  • Deed of Covenant
  • Deed of Partnership
  • Deed of Transfer
  • Title Deeds
  • Defalcation
  • Default : noun
  • In default of payment
  • By default
  • Default : verb
  • Defaulter
  • Defeat : noun
  • Defeat : verb
  • Defect
  • Defective
  • Defence
  • Defense
  • Defence Counsel
  • Defend
  • Defendant
  • Defer
  • Deferment
  • Deferred
  • Deferred Creditor
  • Deferred Payment
  • Deferred Stock
  • Deficiency
  • Deficit
  • Balance of Payments Deficit
  • Trade Deficit
  • Deficit Financing
  • Deflate
  • Deflation
  • Deflationary
  • Defray
  • Degearing
  • Delay : noun
  • Delay : verb
  • Del Credere
  • Delegate : verb
  • Delegate : noun
  • Delegation
  • Delete
  • Deliver
  • Goods Deliver Free
  • Free Deliver Goods
  • Goods Delivered On Board
  • Delivered Price
  • Delivery
  • Delivery Note
  • Delivery Order
  • Delivery Time
  • Delivery Van
  • Express Delivery
  • Recorded Delivery
  • Cash on Delivery
  • To Take Delivery of Goods
  • Demand : noun
  • Payable on Demand
  • Demand Bill
  • Demand Deposit
  • Final Demand
  • Effective Demand
  • Demand Price
  • Supply and Demand
  • Law of Supply and Demand
  • Demand : verb
  • Demand-Led Inflation
  • Demarcation Dispute
  • Demise
  • Demonetize
  • Demonetization
  • Demonstrate
  • Demonstration
  • Demonstration Model
  • Demonstrator
  • Demote
  • Demotion
  • Demurrage
  • Denationalize
  • Denationalization
  • Denomination
  • Depart
  • Department
  • Accounts Department
  • New Issues Department
  • Personnel Department
  • Head of Department
  • Department Head
  • Department Manager
  • Furniture Department
  • Budget Department : 1
  • Budget Department : 2
  • Department Store
  • Departmental
  • Departmental Manager
  • Departure
  • Departures
  • Departure Lounge
  • Depend
  • Depending On
  • Deposit : noun
  • Certificate of Deposit
  • Bank Deposits
  • Fixed Deposit
  • Deposit Account
  • Deposit At 7 Days' Notice
  • Deposit Slip
  • Safe Deposit
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Deposit : verb
  • Depositary
  • Depositor
  • Depository
  • Depot
  • Depreciate
  • Depreciation
  • Depreciation Rate
  • Accelerated Depreciation
  • Annual Depreciation
  • Straight Line Depreciation
  • Depress
  • Depressed
  • Depressed Market
  • Depression
  • Dept
  • Deputy
  • Deputize
  • Deregulate
  • Deregulation
  • Describe
  • Description
  • False Description of Contents
  • Job Description
  • Trade Description
  • Design : noun
  • Industrial Design
  • Product Design
  • Design Department
  • Design Studio
  • Design : verb
  • Designate
  • Desk
  • A Three-Drawer Desk
  • Desk Pad
  • Cash Desk
  • Pay Desk
  • The City Desk
  • Despatch
  • Destination
  • Final Destination
  • Ultimate Destination
  • Detail : noun
  • In Detail
  • Detail : verb
  • Detailed
  • Detailed Account
  • Determine
  • Deutschmark
  • Devalue
  • Devaluation
  • Develop
  • Developer
  • Developing Country
  • Developing Nation
  • Development
  • Research And Development
  • Industrial Development
  • Development Area
  • Development Zone
  • Device
  • Diagram
  • Flow Diagram
  • Diagrammatic
  • Diagrammatically
  • Dip : noun
  • Dip : verb
  • Dial
  • Dialing
  • Dialing Code
  • Dialing Tone
  • International Direct Dialing
  • Diary
  • Dictaphone
  • Dictate
  • Dictating Machine
  • Dictation
  • To take Dictation
  • Dictation Speed
  • Differ
  • Difference
  • Different
  • Differential
  • Differential Tariffs
  • Differential
  • Wage Differential
  • Difficult
  • Difficulty
  • Digit
  • Digital
  • Digital Computer
  • Dilution
  • Dilution of Equity
  • Dilution of Share Holding
  • Dime
  • Diminish
  • Law of diminishing Returns
  • Diplomat
  • Diplomatist
  • Diplomatic
  • Diplomatic Immunity
  • Direct : verb
  • Direct : adjective
  • Direct : adverb
  • Direct Action
  • Direct Cost
  • Direct Debit
  • Direct Mail
  • Direct-Mail Advertising
  • Direct Selling
  • Direct Taxation
  • To dial Direct
  • Direction
  • Directions
  • Directions for use
  • Directly
  • Director
  • Managing Director
  • Chairman and Managing Director
  • Board of Director
  • Direction Director
  • Associate Director
  • Executive Director
  • Non-Executive Director
  • Outside Director
  • Directorate
  • Directorship
  • Directory
  • Classified Directory
  • Commercial Directory
  • Trade Directory
  • Street Directory
  • Telephone Directory
  • Disallow
  • Disaster
  • Disastrous
  • Disburse
  • Disbursement
  • Discharge : noun
  • Discharge : verb
  • Final Discharge
  • Disciplinary
  • Disclaimer
  • Disclose
  • Disclosure
  • Discontinue
  • Discount : noun
  • Basic Discount
  • Quantity Discount
  • Trade Discount
  • Discount House
  • Discount Rate
  • Discount Store
  • Discount : verb
  • Discounted Cash Flow
  • Discounted Value
  • Discountable
  • Discounter
  • Discover
  • Discrepancy
  • Discretion
  • Discretionary
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Discuss
  • Discussion
  • Disenfranchise
  • Dishonor
  • Dishonored Cheque
  • Disinflation
  • Disinvest
  • Disinvestment
  • Disk
  • Floppy Disk
  • Hard Disk
  • Disk Drive
  • Diskette
  • Dismiss
  • Dismissal
  • Constructive Dismissal
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Dismissal Dismissal
  • Dispatch : noun
  • Dispatch : verb
  • Dispatch Department
  • Dispatch Note
  • Dispatch Rider
  • Dispatcher
  • Dispenser
  • Automatic Dispenser
  • Towel Dispenser
  • Cash Dispenser
  • Display : noun
  • Display : verb
  • Display Advertisement
  • Display Cabinet
  • Display Case
  • Display Material
  • Display Pack
  • Display Box
  • Display Stand
  • Display Unit
  • Visual Display Unit
  • Visual Display Terminal
  • Dispose
  • Disposable
  • Disposable Cups
  • Disposable Personal Income
  • Disposal
  • Dispute
  • Industrial Disputes
  • Labor Disputes
  • Dissolve
  • Dissolution
  • Distress Merchandise
  • Distribute
  • Distribution
  • Distributor
  • Sole Distributor
  • A Network of Distributors
  • Distributorship
  • District
  • District Manager
  • The Commercial District
  • The Business District
  • Diversify
  • Diversification
  • Product diversification
  • Diversification into new products
  • Divest
  • Divide
  • Dividend
  • Final Dividend
  • Interim Dividend
  • Dividend cover
  • Dividend Warrant
  • Dividend Yield
  • Dividend Cum
  • Ex-Dividend
  • Divisional
  • Division
  • DIY
  • DM or D-Mark
  • Dock : noun
  • Dock : verb
  • Dock Dues
  • Docker
  • Dockyard
  • Docket
  • Doctor
  • Doctor’s Certificate
  • Company Doctor
  • Document
  • Documentary
  • Documentation
  • Dogsbody
  • Do-It-Yourself
  • Do-It-Yourself Conveyance
  • Do-It-Yourself Magazine
  • Dole
  • Dole Queues
  • Dollar
  • Dollar Area
  • Dollar Balances
  • Dollar Crisis
  • Dollar Shortage
  • Dollar Gap
  • Dollar Stocks
  • Domestic
  • Domestic consumption
  • Domestic market
  • Domestic production
  • Domicile : noun
  • Domicile : verb
  • Door
  • Door to Door
  • Dot
  • Dot-Matrix Printer
  • Dotted Line
  • Double : adjective
  • To be on Double-time
  • Double-entry book-keeping
  • Double Taxation
  • Double Taxation Agreement
  • Double : verb
  • Double-Book
  • Double-Booking
  • Dow Jones Average
  • Down : adverb
  • Down : preposition
  • Down : verb
  • Downgrade
  • Down Market : adjective
  • Down Market : adverb
  • Down Payment
  • Downside
  • Down Time
  • Downtown : noun
  • Downtown : adverb
  • Downturn
  • Downward
  • Downwards
  • Dozen
  • Draft : noun
  • Draft : verb
  • Sight Draft
  • Rough Draft
  • Drafter
  • Drafting
  • Drain : noun
  • Drain : verb
  • Draw
  • Drawback
  • Drawer
  • Drawing
  • Draw Up
  • Drift
  • Drive : noun
  • Drive : verb
  • Economy Drive
  • Sales Drive
  • Disk Drive
  • Drop : noun
  • Drop : verb
  • Drop Shipment
  • Drop Ship
  • Drug
  • A Drug on The Market
  • Dry
  • Dry Goods
  • Dry Measure
  • Duck
  • Dud
  • Dud cheque
  • Due
  • Dues
  • Dock Dues
  • Port Dues
  • Harbor Dues
  • Dull
  • Dull Market
  • Dullness
  • Duly
  • Dummy
  • Dummy Pack
  • Dump
  • Dump Bin
  • Dumping
  • Panic Dumping of Sterling
  • Duplicate : noun
  • Duplicate : verb
  • Duplicating
  • Duplicating machine
  • Duplicating paper
  • Duplication
  • Duplication of work
  • Duplicator
  • Durable : adjective
  • Durable Effects
  • Durable : noun
  • Dutch
  • To go Dutch
  • Dutiable
  • Duty
  • Ad Valorem Duty
  • Customs Duty
  • Import Duty
  • Excise Duty
  • Duty paid goods
  • Stamp Duty
  • Estate Duty
  • Death Duty
  • Duty-Free
  • Duty-Free Shop


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