noun la·bor \ˈlā-bər\

: physical or mental effort

: work for which someone is paid

: workers considered as a group

Full Definition of LABOR

a :  expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory
b (1) :  human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy
(2) :  the services performed by workers for wages as distinguished from those rendered by entrepreneurs for profits
c :  the physical activities (as dilation of the cervix and contraction of the uterus) involved in giving birth; also :  the period of such labor
:  an act or process requiring labor :  task
:  a product of labor
a :  an economic group comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
b (1) :  workers employed in an establishment
(2) :  workers available for employment
c :  the organizations or officials representing groups of workers
usually Labour :  the Labour party of the United Kingdom or of another part of the Commonwealth of Nations

Examples of LABOR

  1. A day's labor should get the job done.
  2. Getting the job done will require many hours of difficult labor.
  3. He rested from his labors.
  4. The cost of repairing the car includes parts and labor.
  5. an area in which there is a shortage of cheap labor
  6. The proposed new law is opposed by organized labor.
  7. She went into labor this morning.
  8. She has been in labor for several hours.
  9. She began to have labor pains this morning.
  10. She had a difficult labor.

Origin of LABOR

Middle English, from Anglo-French labur, from Latin labor; perhaps akin to Latin labare to totter, labi to slip — more at sleep
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to LABOR

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Rhymes with LABOR



: to do work

: to work hard in order to achieve something

: to move or proceed with effort

la·boredla·bor·ing \-b(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of LABOR

intransitive verb
:  to exert one's powers of body or mind especially with painful or strenuous effort :  work
:  to move with great effort <the truck labored up the hill>
:  to be in the labor of giving birth
:  to suffer from some disadvantage or distress <labor under a delusion>
of a ship :  to pitch or roll heavily
transitive verb
a :  to spend labor on or produce by labor
b :  to strive to effect or achieve
:  to treat or work out in often laborious detail <labor the obvious>
:  to cause to labor

Examples of LABOR

  1. Workers labored in the vineyard.
  2. He labored for several years as a miner.
  3. She has labored in vain to convince them to accept her proposal.
  4. We should honor those who labored so long to make the truth known.
  5. The truck labored up the hill.
  6. I have been laboring through this book for months.
  7. She has a tendency to labor the obvious.

First Known Use of LABOR

14th century



Definition of LABOR

:  of or relating to labor
capitalized :  of, relating to, or constituting a political party held to represent the interests of workers or made up largely of organized labor groups

First Known Use of LABOR


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