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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces.
  • n. A usually temporary layoff from work.
  • n. A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner.
  • n. The papers or documents authorizing a leave: The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets.
  • transitive v. To grant a leave to.
  • transitive v. To lay off (workers).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A leave of absence or vacation.
  • v. To grant a furlough to (someone).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Leave of absence; especially, leave given to an officer or soldier to be absent from service for a certain time; also, the document granting leave of absence.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a furlough; to grant leave of absence to, as to an officer or soldier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with a furlough; grant leave of absence to, as a soldier.
  • n. Leave of absence; especially, in military use, leave or license given by a commanding officer to an officer or a soldier to be absent from service for a certain time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. grant a leave to
  • n. a temporary leave of absence from military duty
  • v. dismiss, usually for economic reasons

Etymologies

Alteration of vorloffe, furlogh, from Dutch verlof, from Middle Dutch; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch verlof, cognate with Danish forlovĀ ("furlough") (loaned from Middle Low German), German VerlaubĀ ("permission"). (Wiktionary)

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