belabor

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verb be·la·bor \bi-ˈlā-bər, bē-\

Definition of belabor

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to attack verbally <If I had been ill-natured, I should have shown up the little great man, who had once belabored me in his feeble way. — Oliver Wendell Holmes>b :  to beat soundly < … ancient battles in which the combatants belabored one another with swords, staffs, cudgels, halberds and other heavy-duty weapons until the blood flowed … — James Rogers>

  3. 2 :  to explain or insist on excessively <her habit of belaboring the obvious> <He needlessly belabored the point.>

Examples of belabor in a sentence

  1. Her habit of belaboring the obvious makes her a very boring speaker.

  2. Please don't belabor the point.

  3. He uses his newspaper column to belabor writers for even the most minor grammatical errors.

1596

First Known Use of belabor

1596



BELABOR Defined for English Language Learners

belabor

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verb be·la·bor \bi-ˈlā-bər, bē-\

Definition of belabor for English Language Learners

  • : to talk about (something) for too long : to repeat or stress (something) too much or too often

  • : to attack or criticize (someone)


BELABOR Defined for Kids

belabor

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verb be·la·bor \bi-ˈlā-bər\

Definition of belabor for Students

belabored

belaboring

  1. :  to keep explaining or insisting on to excess <belabor an argument>



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