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furlough

Line breaks: fur|lough
Pronunciation: /ˈfəːləʊ
 
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Definition of furlough in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Leave of absence, especially that granted to a member of the services or a missionary: a civil servant home on furlough [count noun]: a six-week furlough in Australia
More example sentences
  • The only restrictions placed on officers granting furloughs limited leaves to no more than thirty days for 5 percent of the unit at one time.
  • I had a 10-day furlough from Louisiana, and the trip home took three days each way.
  • His occasional trips to England, on furlough or for training, were when he felt most out of water.

verb

[with object] (usually as adjective furloughed) US Back to top  
Grant leave of absence to: furloughed workers

Origin

early 17th century: from Dutch verlof, modelled on German Verlaub, of West Germanic origin and related to leave2.

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