WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
la•bor /ˈleɪbɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
[no object] to perform labor; work;
- [uncountable] activity to produce something:Much labor went into making that book.
- [uncountable] the body of persons doing such activity, esp. those working for wages :a meeting between labor and management to avoid a strike.
- [uncountable] physical or mental work, esp. of a hard or tiring kind; toil:manual labor, like digging ditches.
- [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.
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-.
n., v.i., v.t., adj. [Chiefly Brit.]
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
labour, US labor /ˈleɪbə/ n
- productive work, esp physical toil done for wages
- the people, class, or workers involved in this, esp in contrast to management, capital, etc
- (as modifier): a labour dispute, labour relations
- difficult or arduous work or effort
- (in combination): labour-saving
- a particular job or task, esp of a difficult nature
- the process or effort of childbirth or the time during which this takes place
- (as modifier): labour pains
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin labor; perhaps related to lābī to fall
- (intransitive) to perform labour; work
- (intr; followed by for, etc) to strive or work hard (for something)
- (intransitive) usually followed by under: to be burdened (by) or be at a disadvantage (because of): to labour under a misapprehension
- (intransitive) to make one's way with difficulty
- (transitive) to deal with or treat too persistently: to labour a point
- (intransitive) (of a woman) to be in labour
- (intransitive) (of a ship) to pitch and toss