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furlough

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noun fur·lough \ˈfər-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of furlough

  1. :  a leave of absence from duty granted especially to a soldier The sergeant was granted a 30-day furlough.; also :  a document authorizing such a leave of absence

Examples of furlough in a Sentence

  1. Each employee will have a one-day furlough every month.

  2. the landscaping company usually has to put most of its personnel on furlough during the extremely slow winter months

Origin and Etymology of furlough

Dutch verlof, literally, permission, from Middle Dutch, from ver- for- + lof permission; akin to Middle High German loube permission — more at for-, leave


First Known Use: 1625


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furlough

verb fur·lough

Definition of furlough

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grant a furlough to

  3. 2 :  to lay off from work

Examples of furlough in a Sentence

  1. The company will consider furloughing a small number of workers.

Origin and Etymology of furlough

see 1furlough


First Known Use: 1781



FURLOUGH Defined for English Language Learners

furlough

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noun

Definition of furlough for English Language Learners

  • : a period of time when a soldier is allowed to leave the place where he or she is stationed

  • : a period of time when an employee is told not to come to work and is not paid

  • : a period of time when a prisoner is allowed to leave prison

furlough

verb

Definition of furlough for English Language Learners

  • : to grant a furlough to (someone)

  • : to put (a worker) on furlough


FURLOUGH Defined for Kids

furlough

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noun fur·lough \ˈfər-lō\

Definition of furlough for Students

  1. :  a leave of absence from duty



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