Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “layoff”

See all translations

layoff

noun uk ( also lay-off)   /ˈlei.ɒf/ us    /-ɑːf/

layoff noun (work)

[C often plural] an occasion when a company stops employing someone, sometimes temporarily, because the company does not have enough money or enough work: The recent economic crisis has led to massive layoffs. [C usually singular] a period when someone is not working or playing sport: Foster is playing again after a six-week layoff due to injury.

layoff noun (FOOTBALL)

in football, a short gentle pass into a space that another player from your team can run forward into, then move forward with the ball or shoot towards the goal without slowing down or stopping
Translations of “layoff”
in Chinese (Traditional) 解僱,解聘,下崗, 停工期, 歇工期…
in Russian увольнение…
in Turkish işten çıkarma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 解雇,解聘,下岗, 停工期, 歇工期…
in Polish zwolnienie…
(Definition of layoff from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of layoff?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “layoff” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More