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furlough

noun fur·lough \ ˈfər-(ˌ)lō \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of furlough

1 : a leave of absence granted to a governmental or institutional employee (such as a soldier or civil servant)
  • The Army began furloughs in September as so-called 'sanity checks' for soldiers whose tour has stretched to nearly a year.
  • —Jenny Deam
also : a document authorizing such a leave of absence
2 : a temporary leave from work that is not paid and is often for a set period of time
  • One possible way to avoid layoffs is through furloughs—making workers take an unpaid leave of absence … .
  • —Paul B. Brown
3 : a set period of time when a prisoner is allowed to leave a prison
  • Those probation officers are then able to monitor criminals serving their sentences in work camps or on furlough rather than in jail as a way of relieving overcrowding.
  • —Richard Willing

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

Recent Examples of furlough from the Web

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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


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furlough

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Definition of furlough

furloughed; furloughing; furloughs
1 : to grant a leave of absence or furlough to (someone)
  • a soldier being furloughed
  • a furloughed prisoner
2 : to put (a worker) on furlough : to lay off (a worker) for usually a brief or temporary period
  • … other airlines are placing pressure on the unionized pilots to take large salary cuts—at least those pilots who haven't already been "furloughed" (the word pilots use instead of the more plebeian "laid off").
  • —George Hopkins
  • Although no one could supply exact figures, sources in Washington, D.C., said nearly 500,000 federal workers were furloughed for all or part of Thursday. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach area about 11,000 of the 40,000 federal workers were sent home because of the operating fund impasse in Congress.
  • —Jerry Belcher

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

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

Definition of furlough for English Language Learners

  • : to grant a furlough to (someone)

  • : to put (a worker) on furlough


FURLOUGH Defined for Kids

furlough

noun fur·lough \ ˈfər-lō \

Definition of furlough for Students

: a leave of absence from duty


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