Definition of “layoff” - English Dictionary

“layoff” in British English

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layoffnoun

also lay-off uk /ˈleɪ.ɒf/ us /ˈleɪ.ɑːf/

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

“layoff” in American English

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layoffnoun [ C usually pl ]

us /ˈleiˌɔf/

an act of ending a worker’s job, esp. when the worker has done nothing wrong:

Executives say no layoffs are expected as a result of the merger.

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“layoff” in Business English

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layoffnoun [ C ]

also lay-off uk /ˈleɪɒf/ us HR

the act of ending a worker's job, sometimes temporarily, usually because there is not enough work to do:

Workers have been warned to expect further layoffs.
Layoff notices are expected when business slows after Christmas.

a period when someone is not working because their job ended or they were forced to leave it:

long/short/temporary layoff A long layoff can help a budget but it can make workers less productive when they return.

(Definition of “layoff” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)