furlough meaning, furlough definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( furloughs    plural & 3rd person present)   ( furloughing    present participle)   ( furloughed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   If workers are given furlough, they are told to stay away from work for a certain period because there is not enough for them to do.  
This could mean a massive furlough of government workers.     
2       verb   If people who work for a particular organization are furloughed, they are given a furlough.  
  (AM)   (=lay off)  
We regret to inform you that you are being furloughed indefinitely...      be V-ed  
The factories have begun furloughing hundreds of workers.      V n  
3       n-var   When soldiers are given furlough, they are given official permission to leave the area where they are based or are fighting, for a certain period.  
I was at home on furlough.     
in BRIT, use leave     
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furlong, furl, fur, futurology

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