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Cambridge Business English Dictionary

This is an exciting new monolingual dictionary of 35,000 business-related words, phrases and meanings designed to be used by business students and anyone using or encountering English in their work.

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Help with language

The dictionary gives thousands of examples from real business texts, helpfully presented information about grammar, and there is a strong emphasis on collocation.

New words

Informed by the unique Cambridge Business Corpus, the dictionary includes the very latest business-specific vocabulary.

Topic areas

Most of the words in the dictionary have a business subject label, such as Marketing, Finance, or Computing. These labels make words on a particular topic easy to identify and give you information about what aspect of business unfamiliar words belong to.

British English and American English Pronunciation

Hear the words spoken online with thousands of British English and American English recordings:

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  • Focus on spoken English, informed by the Cambridge Nottingham Business English Corpus, helps users speak confidently and naturally in business situations such as meetings and conference calls.
  • Illustrations include both images as well as graphs and diagrams that illustrate complex business ideas and theories.
  • Extra Help pages emphasize cross-cultural business communication and useful information such as world currencies.
  • Focus On Vocabulary boxes give additional information about near-synonyms and theme-related vocabulary, helping you make the right word choice every time.
  • Topic Boxes give extra information about particular business topics as diverse as budgets, business jargon, share options, internet security and work-life balance.

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For example if you look up the definition for expenditure in British English, then want to find out what the American English dictionary says, click on ‘American English’. If you then want to find a Spanish translation for that word, click on ‘in Spanish’.

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