division of labor

noun phrase

: the breakdown of labor into its components and their distribution among different persons, groups, or machines to increase productive efficiency

Examples of division of labor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The solution to this dilemma was a division of labor, where the United States provided firepower and money to allies like Raziq, who did the dirty work. Matthieu Aikins Victor J. Blue Peter Ganim Krish Seenivasan Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 22 May 2024 Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said earlier this week that the growth in Chinese EV and solar exports is conducive to green development globally and the result of the international division of labor and market demand. Fatima Hussein, Fortune Asia, 5 Apr. 2024 Researchers at Intel's Bangalore branch are obviously firm believers in the division of labor. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Dec. 2010 Translated, open lanes of trade would speed the very division of labor so instrumental to progress and prosperity, and thus the eventual revolution as a response to all the prosperity. John Tamny, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Collaboratively establishing a fair division of labor, considering each partner’s needs, strengths and commitments, fosters mutual respect and understanding. Mark Travers, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 The legislation would move further toward a division of labor wherein America is assisting Kyiv’s military efforts while Europe focuses on supporting Ukraine’s economy. The Editors, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024 Through this division of labor, different roles in mental health care can be performed by people with different levels of training and certification, instead of relying on licensed clinicians to do it all. Grace Rubenstein, STAT, 18 Jan. 2024 Before the war, there was a division of labor among the three principal intelligence services—the SVR (foreign intelligence), the GRU (military intelligence), and the FSB (domestic security). Andrei Soldatov, Foreign Affairs, 27 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of division of labor was in 1776

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“Division of labor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/division%20of%20labor. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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