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- Hyphenation: fur‧lough
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɜː(ɹ).ləʊ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɝ.loʊ/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)ləʊ
- A leave of absence or vacation.
- (US) especially one granted to a member of the armed forces, or to a prisoner.
- (Britain) especially one granted to a missionary.
- The documents authorizing such leave.
- (US) A period of unpaid time off, used by an employer to reduce costs.
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:furlough.
leave of absence
period of unpaid time off used by an employer to reduce costs
- (transitive) To grant a furlough to (someone).