1. [ verb ] (work) dismiss, usually for economic reasons
Synonyms: lay_off

"She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"

Related terms: fire layoff
2. [ noun ] (military,work) a temporary leave of absence from military duty
Related terms: leave
3. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 22276
4. [ verb ] grant a leave to

"The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"

Related terms: permit