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furlough

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noun fur·lough \ ˈfər-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of furlough

: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

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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

furlough Synonyms

Synonyms
ax (or axe), discharge, dismissal, layoff, redundancy [chiefly British]
Related Words
pink slip; bird [chiefly British], boot, bum's rush, downsizing, firing, heave-ho, sack; closing, shutdown; shakeout, shake-up
Near Antonyms
callback, recall, reemployment, rehire, rehiring

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furlough

verb

Definition of furlough

transitive verb
1 :to grant a furlough to
2 :to lay off from work

Examples of furlough in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of furlough



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

:a leave of absence from duty


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