Definition of layoff
1 : a period of inactivity or idleness
2 : the act of laying off an employee or a workforce; also : shutdown
Examples of layoff in a sentence
The company announced the layoff of several hundred employees.
More layoffs are expected at the factory later this year.
The band finally has a new album after a three year layoff.
a layoff of three years
First Known Use of layoff
LAYOFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of layoff for English Language Learners
: the act of ending the employment of a worker or group of workers
: a period of time during which there is no activity
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