HyperDic: lay_off

English > 2 senses of the expression lay off:
VERBstativelay off, discontinue, stop, cease, give up, quitput an end to a state or an activity
sociallay off, furloughdismiss, usually for economic reasons
English > lay off: 2 senses > verb 1, stative
Meaningput an end to a state or an activity.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s VERB-ing
Synonymsdiscontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit
NarrowerbreakGive up
call it quits, call it a daystop doing what one is doing
cheeseUsed in the imperative (get away, or stop it)
drop, knock offstop pursuing or acting
leave offstop using
pull the plugprevent from happening or continuing
retire, withdrawWithdraw from active participation
shut off, close offstem the flow of
sign offCease broadcasting
Oppositecontinue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserveKeep or maintain in unaltered condition
Spanishacabar, cesar, dejar, descatalogar, descontinuar, discontinuar, parar, terminar
Catalanaturar, cessar, deixar, descatalogar, discontinuar, finalitzar, parar
English > lay off: 2 senses > verb 2, social
Meaningdismiss, usually for economic reasons.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Synonymfurlough
NarrowerdownsizeDismiss from work
Broaderdisplace, fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminateTerminate the employment of
Spanishdespedir
Catalanacomiadar, destituir
Nounslayoffthe act of laying off an employee or a work force

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