What does furlough mean?

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ˈfɜr loʊfur·lough

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. furlough(verb)

    a temporary leave of absence from military duty

  2. furlough, lay off(verb)

    dismiss, usually for economic reasons

    "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"

  3. furlough(verb)

    grant a leave to

    "The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"


  1. furlough(Noun)

    The documents authorizing such leave.

  2. furlough(Noun)

    A leave of absence or vacation.

  3. furlough(Noun)

    A period of unpaid time off, used by an employer to reduce costs.

  4. furlough(Verb)

    To grant a furlough to (someone).

  5. Origin: From verlof, cognate with Danish forlov (loaned from ), German Verlaub.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Furlough(adj)

    leave of abserice; especially, leave given to an offcer or soldier to be absent from service for a certain time; also, the document granting leave of absence

  2. Furlough(verb)

    to furnish with a furlough; to grant leave of absence to, as to an offcer or soldier

  3. Origin: [Prob. fr. D. verlof, fr. a prefix akin to E. for + the root of E. lief, and akin to Dan. forlov, Sw. frlof, G. verlaub permission. See Life, a.]


  1. Furlough

    In the United States, a furlough is a temporary unpaid leave of some employees due to special needs of a company, which may be due to economic conditions at the specific employer or in the economy as a whole. These involuntary furloughs may be short or long term, and many of those affected may seek other temporary employment during that time.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Furlough

    fur′lō, n. leave of absence.—v.t. to grant leave of absence. [Dut. verlof; cf. Ger. verlaub.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. furlough

    A granted leave of absence.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. furlough

    The term is usually applied to the absence with leave of non-commissioned officers and other enlisted men, and may be granted at the discretion of the commanding officer.

  2. furlough

    To furnish with a furlough; to grant leave of absence.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of furlough in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of furlough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of furlough in a Sentence

  1. United Teachers Los Angeles:

    Educators actually saw their pay cut due to furlough days which kept the District afloat.

  2. Tiffany Davila:

    As far as the shutdown goes, it is not impacting fire suppression; that is business as usual, regardless of furlough or not. We didn't have to call out for federal assistance with that one, and if there is an emergency, we will work with the feds, and they will work with us.

  3. Gregg Bishop:

    In certain neighborhoods, we're going to see a significant economic impact, if this goes on for the next three to five months, certain businesses, I'm sure, are going to have to furlough some of their staff.

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