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





  • l and L
  • Label : noun
  • Label : verb
  • Gummed Label
  • Self-Stocking Label
  • Tie-On Label
  • Address Label
  • Price Label
  • Quality Label
  • Own Label Goods
  • Incorrectly Labeled Parcel
  • Labeling
  • Labeling Department
  • Laboratory
  • Laboratories
  • Lack : noun
  • Lack : verb
  • Ladder
  • Promotion Ladder
  • Laden
  • Fully-laden ship
  • Ship laden in bulk
  • Lading
  • Bill of Lading
  • Laissez-Faire Economy
  • Lame
  • Lame Duck
  • Labour : noun
  • Labor in USA
  • Manual Labour
  • Labour Costs
  • Labour Charges
  • Indirect Labor Costs
  • Casual Labour
  • Cheap Labour
  • Local Labour
  • Organized Labour
  • Skilled Labour
  • Labour Force
  • Labour Market
  • Labour Shortage
  • Shortage of Labour
  • Labor-Intensive Industry
  • Labour Disputes
  • Labour Laws
  • Labour Legislation
  • Labour Relations
  • Labour Union
  • International Labor Organization
  • Laborer
  • Agricultural Laborer
  • Casual Laborer
  • Manual Laborer
  • Labor-Saving
  • Land : noun
  • Land : verb
  • Land Agent
  • Land Register
  • Land Registration
  • Land Registry
  • Land Taxes
  • Landed Costs
  • Landing
  • Landing Charges
  • Landing Order
  • Landlady
  • Landlord
  • Ground Landlord
  • Landowner
  • Language
  • Programming Language
  • Lapse : noun
  • Lapse : verb
  • Large
  • Largely
  • Large-Scale
  • Last : adjective
  • Last : adverb
  • Last : verb
  • Last Quarter
  • Last in First Out
  • Late : adjective
  • Late : adverb
  • Latest
  • Late-Night
  • Launch : noun
  • Launch : verb
  • Launching
  • Launching Costs
  • Launching Date
  • Launching Party
  • Launder
  • Law
  • Labor Laws
  • Civil Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law
  • Contract Law
  • The Law of Contract
  • Copy Right Law
  • Criminal Law
  • International Law
  • Maritime Law
  • The Law of the Sea
  • Law Courts
  • Law of Diminishing Returns
  • Lawful
  • Lawfully
  • Lawsuit
  • Lawyer
  • Commercial Lawyer
  • Company Lawyer
  • International Lawyer
  • Maritime Lawyer
  • Lay
  • Layoff : noun
  • Lay-Off : verb
  • Layout : noun
  • Layout : verb
  • Lay Up
  • Lazy
  • lb
  • L/C
  • Lead
  • Lead
  • Leader
  • A Market Leader
  • Loss-Leader
  • Leading
  • Lead Time
  • Lead (up) to
  • Leaflet
  • Leak
  • Leakage
  • Leap-Fogging
  • Lease : noun
  • Lease : verb
  • Long Lease
  • Short Lease
  • Full Repairing Lease
  • Head Lease
  • Sub lease
  • Under Lease
  • On expiration of the Lease
  • Lease Back : noun
  • Lease-Back : verb
  • Leasehold
  • Leaseholder
  • Leasing
  • Leave : noun
  • Leave : verb
  • Leave of Absence
  • Maternity Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Leave Out
  • Ledger
  • Bought Ledger
  • Purchase Ledger
  • Bought Ledger Clerk
  • Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Nominal Ledger
  • Payroll Ledger
  • Sales Ledger
  • Left
  • Left-Hand
  • Left Luggage Office
  • Legacy
  • Legal
  • Legal Adviser
  • Legal Aid
  • Legal Claim
  • Legal Costs
  • Legal Charges
  • Legal Expenses
  • Legal Currency
  • Legal Department
  • Legal Section
  • Legal Expert
  • Legal Holiday
  • Legal Tender
  • Legality
  • Legalize
  • Legalization
  • Legally
  • Legatee
  • Legislation
  • Lend
  • Lender
  • Lending
  • Lending Limit
  • Length
  • Less : adjective
  • Less : preposition
  • Lessee
  • Lesser
  • Let : noun
  • Let : verb
  • Let-Out Clause
  • Letter
  • Business Letter
  • Circular Letter
  • Covering Letter
  • Follow-Up Letter
  • Private Letter
  • Standard Letter
  • Letter of Administration
  • Letter of Allotment
  • Allotment Letter
  • Letter of Application
  • Letter of Appointment
  • Letter of Comfort
  • Letter of Complaint
  • Letter Of Credit
  • Letter of Indemnity
  • Letter Of Intent
  • Letter Patent
  • Letter of Reference
  • Air Letter
  • Airmail Letter
  • Express Letter
  • Registered Letter
  • Letterhead
  • Letting
  • Furnished Letting
  • Level : noun
  • Level : verb
  • Decisions taken at managerial level
  • Manning Level
  • Staffing Level
  • Leverage
  • Leverage Buyout
  • Levy : noun
  • Levy : verb
  • Capital Levy
  • Import Levy
  • Levies on Luxury Items
  • Training Levy
  • Liability
  • Contractual Liability
  • Employers Liability Insurance
  • Limited Liability
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Liabilities
  • Current Liabilities
  • Long-Term Liabilities
  • Liable
  • Liable To
  • Libel : noun
  • Libel : verb
  • Licence : noun
  • Licence : verb
  • License : noun
  • License : verb
  • Driving License
  • Export License
  • Import License
  • Liquor License
  • Off License
  • Licensee
  • Licensing
  • Lien
  • Lieu
  • Life
  • For Life
  • Life Annuity
  • Annuity for Life
  • Life Assurance
  • Life Insurance
  • The Life Assured
  • The Life Insured
  • Life Expectancy
  • Life Interest
  • Lifeboat
  • Lifeboat Operation
  • LIFO
  • Lift : noun
  • Lift : verb
  • Light
  • Limit : noun
  • Limit : verb
  • Age Limit
  • Credit Limit
  • Lending Limit
  • Time Limit
  • Weight Limit
  • Limitation
  • Limitation of Liability
  • Time Limitation
  • Statute of Limitation
  • Limited
  • Limited Market
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Private Limited Company
  • Public Limited Company
  • Limiting
  • Line
  • Shipping Line
  • Air-Line
  • Line of Product
  • Product Line
  • Bottom Line
  • To Open a Line Of Credit
  • To Open a Credit Line
  • Assembly Line
  • Production Line
  • Line Chart
  • Line Graph
  • Line Printer
  • Line of Command
  • Line Management
  • Line Organization
  • Telephone Line
  • Lined
  • Liner
  • Link
  • Liquid
  • Liquidate
  • Liquidation
  • Compulsory Liquidation
  • Voluntary Liquidation
  • Liquidator
  • Liquidity
  • Liquidity Crisis
  • Lira
  • List : noun
  • List : verb
  • Mailing List
  • Black List
  • Picking List
  • Listed Company
  • Listed Securities
  • Listing
  • Computer Listing
  • Listing Paper
  • Literature
  • Litigation
  • Liter
  • Litre
  • Lively
  • Living
  • Cost-of-Living Index
  • Standard of Living
  • Living Standards
  • Lloyd's
  • Lloyd's Register
  • Load : noun
  • Load : verb
  • Load of A Lorry
  • Load of A Container
  • Lorry-Load
  • Container-Load
  • Commercial Load
  • Maximum Load
  • Load Carrying Capacity
  • Load Factor
  • Work Load
  • Loading
  • Loading Dock
  • Loading Ramp
  • Load Line
  • Loan : noun
  • Loan : verb
  • Loan Capital
  • Loan Stock
  • Convertible Loan Stock
  • Bank Loan
  • Bridging Loan
  • Government Loan
  • Home Loan
  • Short-Term Loan
  • Long-TermLoan
  • Soft Loan
  • Unsecured Loan
  • Lobby : noun
  • Lobby : verb
  • The Energy-Saving Lobby
  • Local : adjective
  • Local : noun
  • Local Authority
  • Local Call
  • Local Government
  • Local Labor
  • Locally
  • Locate
  • Location
  • Lock : noun
  • Lock : verb
  • Lock Out : noun
  • Lock Out : verb
  • Lock Up : adjective
  • To Lock Up Capital
  • Locking Up : noun
  • Lock Up : adjective
  • Lodge
  • To Lodge money with someone
  • To Lodge securities as collateral
  • Log
  • To Log Phone Calls
  • Logo
  • Long
  • Long Credit
  • Longs
  • Long-Dated
  • Long-Distance
  • Long-Distance Flight
  • Longhand
  • Long-Haul
  • Long-Haul Flight
  • Long-Range
  • Long-Standing
  • Long-Term
  • Long-Term Debts
  • Long-Term Forecast
  • Long-Term Loan
  • Long-Term Objectives
  • Loophole
  • Loose
  • Loose Change
  • To sell sugar Loose
  • Loose sugar
  • Loose-Leaf Book
  • Lorry
  • Heavy Lorry
  • Lorry Driver
  • Lose : noun
  • To lose an order
  • To Lose Customers
  • Lose : verb
  • Lose Out
  • Loss
  • Loss of An Order
  • To Report a Loss
  • Capital Loss
  • Paper Loss
  • Trading Loss
  • At A Loss
  • To cut one's Losses
  • Loss in Weight
  • Loss in Transport
  • Loss-Leader
  • Lot
  • Lottery
  • Lounge
  • Departure Lounge
  • Transit Lounge
  • Low : adjective
  • Low : noun
  • Low Sales
  • Low Volume of Sales
  • Lower : adjective
  • Lower : verb
  • Lowering
  • Low-Grade
  • Low-Level
  • Low-Level Computer Language
  • Low-Pressure
  • Low-Quality
  • Loyalty
  • Customer Loyalty
  • Luggage
  • Hand Luggage
  • Cabin Luggage
  • Free Luggage Allowance
  • Lull
  • Lump
  • Lunch
  • Business Lunch
  • Lunch Lunch
  • Lunchtime
  • Luncheon Voucher
  • Luxury


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