3.1 - LEARN Master Vocabulary


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lead up to something phrasal verbTo happen, to say, or do, in preparation of something 1. The new services offered by the company will lead up to significant results. 2. Being consistent and focused will lead up to success. 3. I didn't know what he was leading up to when he began talking about the finance department. 4. I hope this leads up to a great outcome.leverage noun collocationThe power to use something of value (quality or an advantage) to get something more, or better 1. Because the company is the biggest purchaser of this product, it has leverage to obtain better pricing. 2. We can use the leverage of our strong brand to enter new markets. Collocations: economic leverage, political leverage, financial leverage.leverage - debt noun collocationThe relationship between what a company owes (debt) to the value of the company 1. The company plans to reduce its leverage in the next year. 2. The company will finance the new acquisition by increasing its leverage through obtaining corporate loans. Collocations: debt leverage, loan leverage, balance sheet leverageleverage verbTo use something you already have, in order to receive something more or better 1. The new strategy is focused on leveraging the relationship we have with our existing clients. 2. Leverage something into something. 3. She can leverage her MBA into getting a better job in the futurelisten in on something phrasal verbTo hear a conversation, with or without someone knowing about it 1. She invited me to listen in on the conference call at 1:00pm. 2. I think the boss is listening in on the conversations in the office. 3. It was a good idea to ask her to listen in on the call, as she had many great ideas to share. 4. I'd like to listen in on that call on Thursday, do you mind if I join you?look at something phrasal verbTo think about something carefully so that you can make a decision about it. To look into more detail about something 1. Let's take a look at the numbers. 2. Management is looking at ways of cutting costs. 3. Let's have a look at how we can improve our profitability. 4. When making a presentation, it is a useful transition term to use when showing a slide of numbers. ie. Let's look closer at the figures on slide 8.necessary evil adjectiveSomething unpleasant that must be accepted in order to achieve a particular result. 1. Most people accept taxes as a necessary evil of life. 2. It is not enjoyable, but at the moment it is a necessary evil. 3. It is a necessary evil to fill out the large amount of forms at a government office. 4. To successfully finish the project there are a number of items that must be done, and some of those would be considered a necessary evil.pique somebody's interest (or curiosity) phrasal verbTo make someone interested in something and want to know more about it. 1. This new technology really piques my interest. . 2. Her interest was piqued the first time she worked in the marketing department. 3. He piqued my interest when he began discussing agile management. 4. It piqued his interest so much, that he began to learn more about the topic.presence nounthe state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing. 1. Everyone could feel her presence when she walked into the room. 2. He had a powerful presence in every meeting he attended.make your presence felt idiomTo have a strong effect on other people or in a situation 1. The new company president really made her presence felt during her first month on the job.presence of mind noun collocationThe ability to make good decisions and to act quickly and calmly in a difficult situation or an emergency. 1. When the negotiation started to become emotional, the CFO had the presence of mind to remain calm and collected, while leading the discussion in a constructive manner.stipulate verbTo state exactly what something must be or how something must be done 1. Section 14(b) of the contract stipulates that we have 10 days to pay for the services. 2. The contract stipulated a three-month notice period. 3. The regulations stipulate that a company must follow the eight items listed below. 4. As stipulated in his employment contract, he is not allowed to seek work from a current client.transparency nounA situation in which business and financial activities are done in an open way without secrets, so that people can trust they are fair and honest 1. The financial reports issued by the firm were completed with full transparency. Collocations: market transparency, financial transparency, corporate transparency more transparency, greater transparency, and improved transparency. Companies sometimes have a lack of transparency or a shortage of transparency.twofold adjTo have two (three, four or more) parts or two (three, four or more) times as big, or as much 1. Example sentences using "twofold/ threefold/fourfold" to mean many parts: 2. The reasons for this are twofold/threefold... 3. The problem is twofold. 4. You can say something tripled in valued or it had a threefold increase. 5. It is common to say something increased 5 times, 10 times or you could say there was a fivefold or a tenfold increase. 6. The value of investment increased tenfold. 7. The company is expecting revenue to grow twentyfold over the next five years.proposition noun collocationan offer or suggestion about a business activity 1. I need more time to consider your proposition. 2. Our value proposition to our customers is to provide the highest quality at the lowest price. Collocations: business/investment proposition, attractive proposition, value proposition