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a. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces.
b. A usually temporary layoff from work.
c. 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.
2. The papers or documents authorizing a leave: The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets.
tr.v. fur·loughed, fur·lough·ing, fur·loughs
1. To grant a furlough to.
2. To terminate the employment of (a worker).
1. (Military) leave of absence from military duty
2. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) US a temporary laying-off of employees, usually because there is insufficient work to occupy them
3. (Military) to grant a furlough to
4. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) US to lay off (staff) temporarily
[C17: from Dutch verlof, from ver- for- + lof leave, permission; related to Swedish förlof]
1. a vacation or leave of absence, as one granted to a person in military service; leave.
2. a usu. temporary layoff from work.
3. a temporary leave of absence authorized for a prisoner from a penitentiary.v.t.
4. to grant a furlough to.
5. to lay (an employee or worker) off from work, usu. temporarily.
Past participle: furloughed
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|Noun||1.||furlough - a temporary leave of absence from military duty|
|Verb||1.||furlough - dismiss, usually for economic reasons; "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"|
give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, can, force out, displace, fire, dismiss, terminate - terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
downsize - dismiss from work; "three secretaries were downsized during the financial crisis"
|2.||furlough - grant a leave to; "The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"|
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