All the verbs you’ll ever need in a business environment

Here is one of my favorite lists: all the verbs you need to function properly in a business setting. Of course, any list has its limits, however, this one is very complete, more than 300 entries, and if a specific verb you were looking for is not on it, you will probably be able to use another verb on the list to say what you intend to say. On top of that, the list is a great way to build your foundation as many nouns and adjectives are based on the verbs listed below, e.g. to use > users > useful > useless. The definition of the verb will be in Brazilian Portuguese.

ENGLISH IRREGULAR PAST + PERFECT PORTUGUESE
have, own, contain had, had ter, possuir
have to, need, require, must had to, had to ter que, precisar, requerer, dever
be, stay was, were, been ser, estar, ficar
become, get became, become, got, got(ten) ficar, se tornar
go, come went, gone, came, come ir, vir
go in, come in, enter, get in went, gone, came, come entrar, entrar, entrar, entrar no carro
go out, get out went, gone, got, gotten sair, sair do carro
bring brought, brought trazer
take took, taken levar, pegar
eat, have, consume ate, eaten comer, tomar, consumir
write wrote, written escrever
read, go through read, read ler, folhar
check in, check out dar entrada, sair/finalizar compra
check, verify checar, verificar
analyse analisar
evaluate, assess avaliar, avaliar
judge julgar
like, prefer, love, adore gostar, preferir, amar, adorar
dislike, hate, despise não gostar, odiar, desprezar
understand, get, comprehend understood, understood entender
confuse confundir
learn, study, train aprender, estudar, treinar
do it right, get it right did, done, got, gotten acertar
make a mistake, fail made, made errar, falhar
do, practice, execute did, done fazer, praticar, executar
admit, recognize admitir, reconhecer (algo pos/neg)
aknowledge reconhecer (algo neg)
steal, rob stole, stolen roubar
act atuar, agir
hire, contract contratar
accept aceitar
close, shut shut, shut fechar
correct corrigir
overcome overcame, overcome superar
distribute distribuir
give gave, given dar
watch assistir
save, protect salvar, proteger
develop desenvolver
arrive chegar
react reagir
share compartilhar
divide dividir
cost cost, cost custar
play jogar, brincar
memorize memorizar
smile, laugh sorrir, rir
go on, keep on, continue went on, gone on, kept on…. continuar
take, last took, taken durar, demorar, levar (tempo)
put, place put, put por, colocar
listen, hear heard, heard escutar, ouvir
walk andar
fill eencher
fill in, fill out preencher formulario
schedule agendar
agree, disagree concordar, discordar
add adicionar
stop parar
finish, end finalizar
complete, conclude completar, concluir
look at olhar para
look for, search, seek procurar
create, design, make criar, desenhar, fazer
see saw, seen ver
find, encounter found, found encontrar, achar
discover, find out found out, found out descobrir, descobrir informação x
resolve, figure out resolver, encontrar solução
let, permit, allow let, let deixar, permitir, permitir
let’s, suggest vamos…? Sugerir
fire, lay off laid off, laid off demitir
talk, speak, discuss spoke, spoken falar, falar, discutir
reach, achieve, attain alcançar, alcançar, atingir
think thought, thought pensar/achar
believe acreditar
feel felt, felt sentir
ask, request perguntar/pedir, requisitar
order demandar, pedido!
answer, respond, reply responder
arrange organizar/operacionalizar (evento, passagem, reunião)
organize organizar
plan planejar
take care of took care of, taken care of cuidar de
deal with, handle dealt, dealt lidar com
wait esperar
await aguardar
hope esperar
expect esperar, ter expectativa
demand exigir, demandar
stand up stood up, stood up ficar de pe
sit, sit down sat, sat ficar sentado, sentar se
wake (up), get up woke up, waken up acordar, se levantar
sleep slept, slept dormir
visit, travel visitar, viajar
meet, get to know met, met, got to know, gotten… conhecer pessoa 1a vez, conhecer p/algo melhor
want querer
desire, wish desejar
intend, pretend pretender
return, go back, send back, drive back, etc sent, sent, drove, driven retornar
confirm confirmar
prove proved, proven provar
choose, pick chose, chosen escolher
decide decidir
punish punir
sell, promote sold, sold vender, promover
service, offer, deliver atender, oferecer, entregar
fit fit, fit caber
suit combinar
match combinar, ser igual/”os numeros não batem”
maintain manter
prevent prevenir
forgive forgave, forgiven perdoar
forget forgot, forgotten esquecer
lead, lead to led, led liderar, levar a
follow seguir
manage, head gerenciar, encabeçar
be responsible/ be in charge of was, were, been ser responsavel por, estar no comando de
convince convencer
slow down ir mais devagar
miss, lack faltar/sentir falta, faltar
matter, be important importar, ser importante
report reportar
lose lost, lost perder
may pode/talvez
might pode/talvez
shall vamos…?, vou (futuro)
should deveria
focus on focar em
recommend recomendar
mean, indicate meant, meant significar, indicar
measure medir
happen, occur acontecer
make money, earn made money, made money ganhar dinheiro, ganhar dinheiro/merecer
win won, won ganhar loteria, jogo (um ganha, os outros perdem)
gain, obtain ganhar, obter
send sent, sent enviar
receive, get got, gotten receber
remember, memorize memorizar
present, show apresentar
change your mind mostrar
monitor, keep track of kept, kept monitorar
face, challenge, confront encarar, desafiar, confrontar
pass, go by went by, gone by passar
aim mirar
go left, go right, turn left, turn right went left, gone left virar para esquerda, virar para direita
decrease, cut, reduce cut, cut diminuir, cortar, reduzir
record gravar
can, be able to, could poder, conseguir, poderia/consegui
move mudar, mover
remove remover
contain conter
kill matar
outsell, outrun, outthink sold, sold, ran, run, thought… vender mais q todos, correr mais q todos….
fall, drop fell, fallen cair, deixar cair
repeat, do again did, done repetir, fazer de novo
press apertar
put under pressure put, put pressionar
clean, wash, brush limpar, lavar, escovar
clear esvaziar um lugar, tirar as coisas (da mesa)
push . pull empurrar, puxar
roll . roll up rolar, rolar até estar tudo enrolado/terminar
force forçar
involve envolver
use, utilize usar, utilizar
assemble, produce montar, produzir
invite convidar
vote for votar
bet on bet, bet apostar em
invest investir
reveal revelar
delay, postpone postergar
identify, point out identificar
shout, scream gritar
promise prometer
ensure, guarantee assegurar
enable possibilitar
empower empoderar
encourage encoragar
resume, conclude resumir, concluir
be grateful was grateful, were grateful ser grato
declare, state declarar
support apoiar, suportar
tolerate tolerar
behave se comportar
thank agradeçer
compliment, praise elogiar
touch tocar
warn, notify avisar, notificar
call ligar/chamar
ring rang, rung tocar (telefone, alarme)
hide hid, hidden esconder
omit omitir
deny negar
lie, lie down lay, lay, lain deitar se
lie mentir
put put, put colocar
imagine imaginar
wonder se perguntar
wear, dress wore, worn vestir
update, catch up caught up, caught up (se) atualizar
fly flew, flown voar
hold held, held segurar
drive, ride drove, driven, rode, ridden dirigir, dirigir (moto, bicicleta, cavalo)
cause, result in causar, resultar em
discount descontar
there is, exist there was, there were haver, existir, ter
found fundar
be worth, it is worth it valer, vale a pena
introduce introduzir
kick chutar
hit hit, hit bater
strive almejar
establish estabelecer
cover cobrir
allege, claim alegar
complain reclamar
throw, toss threw, thrown jogar (fora)/arremesar, jogar (de forma suave)
base on basear em
weigh pesar
treat tratar
fight, argue fought, fought lutar/brigar
compare comparar
forward encaminhar
affect, influence, impact afetar, influenciar, impactar
give up, quit gave, given, quit, quit desistir, desistir/pedir demissão
charge cobrar (100,00 por hora)
teach taught, taught ensinar
explain explicar
negotiate negociar
dedicate, commit dedicar se, comprometer se
subscribe assinar (revista)
sign assinar (o documento)
deserve, earn merecer
personalize, customize personalize
prepare preparar
glue, stick colar
attach anexar
review revisar
sustain sustentar
conduct conduzir
will vou (futuro)
stand out, excel stood, stood se destacar
buy, purchase bought, bought comprar
build, construct built, built construir
burn, burn down queimar, queimar até sobrar nada
assume, suppose supor (suposição)
avoid evitar
attack atacar
can afford could afford conseguir pagar
rent, lease alugar
leave, abandon, go away left, left deixar, abandonar, ir embora
contact, get in touch with, get in contact with got, gotten contatar, entrar em contato
emit, issue emitir
publish, announce publicar
investigate, look into investigar
research pesquisar
improve, better, perfect melhorar, melhorar, aperfeiçoar
change, after, shift mudar, alterar, alterar
replace trocar (o velho pelo novo)
say, tell, mention said, said, told, told dizer, contar, mencionar
inform informar
damage danificar
destroy destruir
hurt hurt, hurt machucar
suffer sofrer
appear, look, seem, sound aparecer, aparecer, aparecer, soar
start, begin, initiate, set up began, begun, set up, set up começar/iniciar
increase, raise, rise rose, risen aumentar
grow grew, grown crescer
grow up grew up, grown up passar a juventude em lugar X, se tornar adulto
perceive, notice, realize perceber/realizar
be successful, succeed was, were, been ser bem suscedido
taste saborear, degustar
smell cheirar
enjoy, take advantage of took, taken aproveitar (prazer), aproveitar (pratico)
experiment experimentar
try tentar, experimentar
test testar
consider, take into account took, taken considerar, levar em conta
count on contar com
depend on depender em
worry, be concerned was, were, been preocupar se
help, aid ajudar
contribute contribuir
extend estender
spread (out) spread, spread espalhar (se)
connect, link conectar, linkar
associate associar
reward, compensate recompensar
join, gather juntar (se)
collect colecionar, coletar
integrate integrar
drink, have drank, drunk tomar
dance dançar
sing sang, sung cantar
run ran, run correr, operacionalizar, gerenciar
empty esvaziar
open abrir
count on contar com
draw drew, drawn desenhar
speed up, accelerate acelerar
turn tornar, virar
copy copiar
allocate alocar
live viver, morar
die morrer
survive sobreviver
rest restar, sobrar, descançar
freeze froze, frozen congelar
would ia
jump pular
set set, set configurar, por (desperador), combinar/decidir ($)
cry chorar
break broke, broken quebrar