Definition of redundant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʌndənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʌndənt//
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  1. 1(British English) (of a person) without a job because there is no more work available for you in a company to be made redundant from your job redundant employees 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 related entries: Unemployment
  2. 2not needed or useful The picture has too much redundant detail.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘abundant’): from Latin redundant- ‘surging up’, from the verb redundare ‘surge’, from re(d)- ‘again’ + unda ‘a wave’.Extra examples The chapel was declared redundant in 1995. the decision to make 800 employees compulsorily redundant I’ve been expecting to be made redundant for a year now. The programme organizes training for redundant workers. There’s a lot of redundant information that you could cut out here.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: redundant