Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) effectively integrate a new employee or client into an organization
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    • onboard staff/client
  • Analysis

    This verb means to help someone transition into new employment, or to successfully integrate that person into a team. As a result, you are unlikely to hear it used in a social context. You might hear a Manager speaking about 'onboarding' new staff, or a Sales team talking about new clients they have just 'onboarded', which means they have just signed them up and begun a business relationship with them.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I asked Frank to onboard the new client so he contacted them to fully introduce them to the business and answer any questions they might have had.
    2. The new employee was onboarded by one of our most senior members of staff.
    3. By onboarding the new client, we managed to gather quite a bit of extra information on them which in turn helped us to introduce them to other products and services.
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2) built into or an integral part of
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    • onboard radio/memory/GPS
  • Analysis

    This is an adjective which tells us if something is included with something or is a part of something. You can have an 'onboard radio', 'onboard systems', or an 'onboard radar' - anything at all that is fixed into a device or a vehicle, for example. You will sometimes see this word spelled with a hyphen (on-board), and if it describes something that is built into something else, it means the same thing.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. You should buy this laptop. It comes with a terrabyte of onboard memory.
    2. The onboard GPS tracker is great. No matter where I am in the world, I can always find my way.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. First of all, you will all be trained to use our onboard computer systems. You need to be familiar with them before moving forward with your duties.
    2. Our devices are all fitted with an onboard fingerprint scanner for added security.
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