WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
la•bor /ˈleɪbɚ/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. [uncountable] activity to produce something:Much labor went into making that book.
  2. [uncountable] the body of persons doing such activity, esp. those working for wages :a meeting between labor and management to avoid a strike.
  3. [uncountable] physical or mental work, esp. of a hard or tiring kind; toil:manual labor, like digging ditches.
  4. [countable] a job or task done or to be done:the labors of Hercules.
    • the last part of pregnancy, beginning with contractions in the uterus, up to the moment of giving birth: [countable]a difficult labor.[uncountable]Labor can take hours.

  • [no object] to perform labor; work;
    toil:laboring in the fields.
  • [+ for] to try to achieve something, as a goal;
    work hard for:The negotiators labored for peace tirelessly.
  • [no object] to move slowly and with effort:The truck labored up the hill.
  • [+ under + object] to continue to believe something that is not true or likely:to labor under a misapprehension.
  • [+ object] to dwell on at length or in detail:Don't labor the point.Compare belabor.

  • adj. [usually before a noun]
  • of or relating to workers, their associations, or working conditions:labor reforms; labor unions.
  • Also,[esp. Brit.,]ˈla•bour. labour.See -lab-.
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    la•bour  (lābər), 
    n., v.i., v.t., adj. [Chiefly Brit.]

    See -or1. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    labour, US labor /ˈleɪbə/ n
    1. productive work, esp physical toil done for wages
    2. the people, class, or workers involved in this, esp in contrast to management, capital, etc
    3. (as modifier): a labour dispute, labour relations
    4. difficult or arduous work or effort
    5. (in combination): labour-saving
    6. a particular job or task, esp of a difficult nature
    7. the process or effort of childbirth or the time during which this takes place
    8. (as modifier): labour pains
    1. (intransitive) to perform labour; work
    2. (intr; followed by for, etc) to strive or work hard (for something)
    3. (intransitive) usually followed by under: to be burdened (by) or be at a disadvantage (because of): to labour under a misapprehension
    4. (intransitive) to make one's way with difficulty
    5. (transitive) to deal with or treat too persistently: to labour a point
    6. (intransitive) (of a woman) to be in labour
    7. (intransitive) (of a ship) to pitch and toss
    Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin labor; perhaps related to lābī to fall

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