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  • as indischarged
  • as injobless
  • as inout of work
  • as inrecalled
  • as inunemployed

synonyms for laid-off

  • fired
  • freed
  • released
  • sacked
  • axed
  • canned
  • ejected
  • expelled
  • furloughed
  • ousted
  • recalled
  • replaced
  • let go
  • sent away
  • sent home
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

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What is another word for laid-off?

Laid-off is an adjective used to describe someone who has been released from employment. It comes from laid off, the past tense of the verb lay off, meaning to release someone from employment.

Laid-off is often applied in phrases such as laid-off workers. Such workers are sometimes described as having been let go.

Let go is sometimes used as a more euphemistic way of saying that a worker has been fired or terminated, but these two terms imply that the worker was removed from employment for a cause, such as poor performance or a violation of the rules.

In contrast, laid-off is usually used in a more neutral way, simply to indicate that a worker has been discharged or dismissed, often as part of a wider series of dismissals (called layoffs) affecting multiple workers (perhaps because there is not enough work or because the positions are being eliminated). A person who has been laid off due to downsizing, for example, might be said to have been downsized (though this term is more often applied to an entire workforce).

Workers who have been temporarily dismissed from work are often described as having been furloughed.

In the U.K., the word redundant is used to mean removed or laid off from a job.

In broader, economic terms—and more practically speaking—laid-off workers can be described as unemployed.

What is a more professional word for laid-off?

Are laid-off and fired the same?

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WORDS RELATED TO LAID-OFF

  • axed
  • canned
  • ejected
  • expelled
  • fired
  • freed
  • furloughed
  • laid-off
  • let go
  • ousted
  • recalled
  • released
  • replaced
  • sacked
  • sent away
  • sent home
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.