Meaning of “redundancy” in the English Dictionary

"redundancy" in British English

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redundancynoun

uk /rɪˈdʌn.dən.si/ us /rɪˈdʌn.dən.si/

redundancy noun (NOT EMPLOYED)

C1 [ C or U ] UK a situation in which someone loses their job because their employer does not need them:

The economic downturn has meant 10,000 redundancies in the Northeast.
She took voluntary redundancy.

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  • I live in dread of redundancy.
  • There's a lot of redundancy in the area.
  • He was so fed up at work that redundancy was starting to look quiet appealing.
  • Some people would opt for redundancy rather than redeployment.
  • They got rid of 80 staff in the latest round of redundancies.

(Definition of “redundancy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"redundancy" in Business English

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redundancynoun [ C or U ]

uk /rɪˈdʌndənsi/ us plural redundancies

HR a situation in which someone loses their job because their employer does not need them:

The takeover is expected to result in over 1,000 redundancies.
be threatened with/face redundancy 200 workers at the plant face redundancy.
volunteer for/take redundancy Employees feel their only options are to move or take redundancy.
compulsory/voluntary redundancy The bank has asked its 700 support staff to consider voluntary redundancy.
heavy/large-scale/widespread redundancies
a redundancy programme/scheme
redundancy costs
a redundancy notice
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(Definition of “redundancy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)