Definition of redundancy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʌndənsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʌndənsi//
    (pl. redundancies) Unemployment
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually plural] (British English) the situation when somebody has to leave their job because there is no more work available for them Thousands of factory workers are facing redundancy. to accept/take voluntary redundancy (= to offer to leave your job) the threat of compulsory redundancies redundancy payments 200 workers have been issued with redundancy notices. CollocationsUnemploymentLosing your job lose your job (British English) become/​be made redundant be offered/​take voluntary redundancy/​early retirement face/​be threatened with dismissal/(British English) the sack/(British English) compulsory redundancy dismiss/​fire/ (especially British English) sack an employee/​a worker/​a manager lay off staff/​workers/​employees (Australian English, New Zealand English, South African English) retrench workers cut/​reduce/​downsize/​slash the workforce (British English) make staff/​workers/​employees redundantBeing unemployed be unemployed/​out of work/​out of a job seek/​look for work/​employment be on/​collect/​draw/​get/​receive (both British English) unemployment benefit/​jobseeker’s allowance be/​go/​live/​sign (British English, informal) on the dole claim/​draw/​get (British English, informal) the dole be on/​qualify for (North American English) unemployment (compensation) be/​go/​live/​depend (North American English) on welfare collect/​receive (North American English) welfare combat/​tackle/​cut/​reduce unemployment see also lay-off See related entries: Unemployment
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal or specialist) the state of not being necessary or useful Natural language is characterized by redundancy (= words are used that are not really necessary for somebody to understand the meaning).
  3. Extra examples Most of the companies’ losses stemmed from redundancy costs. Redundancy notices have been sent to 200 workers. Sixty workers at a clothing factory face redundancy because the firm is relocating. Sixty workers at the factory face redundancy. The bank will be making 3 500 redundancies over the next five years. The closure of the mine led to large-scale redundancies. Those choosing to take redundancy will receive the company’s standard redundancy terms. a fresh wave of redundancies All members of staff are entitled to redundancy payments. She decided to take voluntary redundancy. The threat of compulsory redundancies still hangs over the firm. Thousands of factory workers are facing redundancy in the New Year.
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