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1ESP International Trade Pablo Ugalde 17/08/2010
Vocabulary
Word
 
Part of speech
 
Meaning
 
Example Sentence
 
absent
 
adj
 not present The vice president is
absent
due tounforeseen circumstances.
accomplish
 
verb
 succeed in doing We have a lot to
accomplish
today, solet's begin.
address
 
verb
 deal with; speak on I hope we do not have to
address
thismatter again in the future.
adjourn
 
verb
 close a meeting If there are no further comments, wewill
adjourn
the meeting here.
agenda
 
noun
 list of objectives to cover in a meeting Please forward the
agenda
to anyonewho is speaking at the meeting.
AGM
 
noun(abbr.)
 Annual (yearly) General Meeting We always vote for a new chairpersonat the
AGM
.
allocate
 
verb
 assign roles/tasks to certain people I forgot to
allocate
someone to bringrefreshments.
AOB
 
noun(abbr.)
 Any Other Business (unspecified itemon agenda)The last item on the agenda is
AOB
.
apologies
 
noun
 item on agenda announcing peoplewho are absent; apologies for absenceEveryone is present today, so we canskip the
apologies
.
ballot
 
noun
 a type of vote, usually in writing andusually secretPlease fold your
ballot
in half beforeyou place it in the box.
board of directors
 
noun
 group of elected members of anorganization/company who meet tomake decisionsThe
board of directors
meets once amonth to discuss the budget.
boardroom
 
noun
 a large meeting room, often has onelong table and many chairsThe
boardroom
is reserved for amanagers' meeting, so we'll have tomeet in the lounge.
brainstorm
 
verb
 thinking to gather ideas Let's take a few minutes and
brainstorm
some ways that we cancut costs.
casting vote
 
noun
 deciding vote (usually by thechairman) when the votes areotherwise equalThe role of treasurer was decidedbased on the chairman's
casting vote
.
 
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chairperson/chair
 
noun
 the person who leads or presides at ameetingAs
chair
, it is my pleasure tointroduce to you, Mr. Allan Davis.
clarification/verification
 
noun
 explanation/proof that something istrue/understoodBefore we address this matter, I'll needsome
clarification
as to who wasinvolved.
closing remarks
 
noun
 last thoughts spoken in a meeting (i.e.reminders, thank yous)I just have a few
closing remarks
andthen you will all be free to go.
collaborate
 
verb
 work together as a pair/group The board fell apart because themembers had difficulty
collaborating
.
commence
 
verb
 begin We will
commence
as soon as the lastperson signs the attendance sheet.
comment
 
verb or noun
 express one's opinions or thoughts If you have a
comment
, please raiseyour hand rather than speak out.
conference
 
noun
 formal meeting for discussion, esp. aregular one held by an organisationBefore the
conference
there will be aprivate meeting for board membersonly.
conference call
 
noun
 telephone meeting between three ormore people in different locationsPlease make sure I have nointerruptions while I'm on the
conference call
.
confidential
 
adjective
 private; not to be shared Any financial information sharedduring this meeting should be kept
confidential
.
consensus
 
noun
 general agreement If we cannot come to a
consensus
bythe end of the meeting we will put it toa vote.
deadline
 
noun
 due date for completion The
deadline
for buying tickets to theconference is May 25th.
designate
 
verb
 assign If no one volunteers to take theminutes I will be forced to
designate
 someone.
formality
 
noun
 a procedure (often unnecessary) thathas to be followed due to a ruleEveryone knows who is going to bethe next vice president, so this vote isreally just a
formality
.
Grievance
 
noun
 
Complaint, objection The first item on the agenda relates toa
grievance
reported by the interns.
guest speaker
 
noun
 person who joins the group in order toshare information or deliver a speechI am delighted to welcome our
guestspeaker
Holly, who is going to be
 
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offering some sales pitch tips.
implement
 
verb
 make something happen; followthroughIt's not a question of whether or notwe're going to use this idea, it'swhether or not we know how to
implement
it.
mandatory
 
adjective
 required It is
mandatory
that all supervisorsattend Friday's meeting.
minutes
 
noun
 a written record of everything said at ameetingBefore we begin with today's meeting,let's quickly review the
minutes
fromlast month.
motion
 
noun
 a suggestion put to a vote The
motion
to extend store hours hasbeen passed.
objectives
 
noun
 goals to accomplish I'm pleased that we were able to coverall of the
objectives
today within thedesignated time.
opening remarks
 
noun
 chairperson or leader's first words at ameeting (i.e. welcome, introductions)As I mentioned in my
openingremarks,
we have to clear this roombefore the end of the hour.
overhead projector
 
noun
 machine with a special light thatprojects a document onto a screen orwall so that all can seeI'm going to put a pie chart on the
overhead projector
so that everyonecan visualize how our profits havedeclined.
participant
 
noun
 person who attends and joins in on aneventCan I have a show of hands of all of those who were
participants
in lastyear's conference?
proxy vote
 
noun
 a vote cast by one person for or inplace of anotherThere must have been one
proxy vote
 because I count twelve ballots but onlyeleven attendees.
punctual
 
adjective
 on time (not late) Firstly, I want to thank you all forbeing
punctual
despite this earlymeeting.
recommend
 
verb
 suggest I
recommend
that you sit closer to thefront if you have trouble hearing.
show of hands
 
noun
 raised hands to express an opinion in avoteFrom the
show of hands
it appearsthat everyone is in favour of taking ashort break.
strategy
 
noun
 plan to make something work We need to come up with a
strategy
 that will allow us to have meetings

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