how to pronounce furlough


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the above transcription of furlough is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

furlough is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of furlough in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… on furlough as a pilot …”

meanings of furlough


  1. A period of unpaid time off, used by an employer to reduce costs.
  2. Especially one granted to a member of the armed forces, or to a prisoner.
  3. A leave of absence or vacation.
  4. Especially one granted to a missionary.
  5. The documents authorizing such leave.


  1. To have (an employee) not work in order to reduce costs; to send (someone) on furlough.
  2. To grant a furlough to (someone).


  1. A surname​.

furlough frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word furlough occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics furlough can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that furlough can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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