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

• • •


▪ 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.


redundant miners

▪ 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.


jobless youths

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.