Meaning of REDUNDANT in English
re ‧ dun ‧ dant /rɪˈdʌndənt/ BrE AmE adjective
[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: present participle of redundare ; ⇨ ↑ redound ]
1 . British English if you are redundant, your employer no longer has a job for you:
Seventy factory workers were made redundant in the resulting cuts.
make a job/position etc redundant
As the economy weakens, more and more jobs will be made redundant.
2 . not necessary because something else means or does the same thing:
the removal of redundant information
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▪ unemployed someone who is unemployed does not have a job:
Fifty per cent of the men in this town are unemployed.
▪ out of work unemployed, especially for a long period of time, when you had a job before:
I’ve been out of work for two years.
▪ redundant British English if someone is redundant, they have been told that they no longer have a job:
He was made redundant earlier this year.
▪ be on the dole British English , be on welfare/on unemployment American English to be receiving money from the government because you do not have a job:
I didn’t want to go back on the dole.
Many people on welfare don’t have anyone to take care of the kids while they train for a job.
▪ be looking for work if someone is looking for work, they do not have a job and are trying to find one:
How long have you been looking for work?
▪ jobless people who are jobless do not have jobs – used especially in news reports:
The jobless totals have risen by 6% in the last year.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012