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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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