Furlough definitions

fûr'lō
Furlough is defined as to give someone time off, or to lay someone off temporarily.

An example of furlough is for an employer to lay off a worker for a few months.

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The definition of a furlough is a period of time off.

An example of a furlough is an absence from work to tend to personal matters.

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The papers or documents authorizing a leave.

The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets.

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A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces.
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A usually temporary layoff from work.
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A temporary leave of absence granted to a prisoner under special circumstances, such as the need to attend the funeral of a family member, or for a special purpose, such as participation in a work program.
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To grant a furlough to.
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To terminate the employment of (a worker).
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A leave of absence; esp., a leave granted to military enlisted personnel for a specified period.
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A period of time, specif. a day (furlough day), in which business is suspended and employees are not paid, as a means to cut labor costs.
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To grant a furlough to.
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To impose a furlough on (employees); esp., to lay off temporarily.
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A leave of absence or vacation.
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The documents authorizing such leave.
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(US) A period of unpaid time off, used by an employer to reduce costs.
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To grant a furlough to (someone).
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Origin of furlough

From Dutch verlof, cognate with Danish forlov (“furlough”) (loaned from Middle Low German), German Verlaub (“permission”).