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BNC: 17075 COCA: 1123


1 labor (US) noun
or British labour /ˈleɪbɚ/
plural labors
1 labor (US)
or British labour /ˈleɪbɚ/
plural labors
Learner's definition of LABOR
: physical or mental effort : work(体力或脑力)劳动;工作;苦干
◊ A labor of love is a task that you do for enjoyment rather than pay.心甘情愿做的事
◊ When you enjoy the fruits of your labor/labors, you enjoy the things that you have gained by working.享受劳动果实
[noncount] : work for which someone is paid人工;劳工;劳务
: workers considered as a group劳力
often used before another noun常用于另一名词前
: the organizations or officials that represent groups of workers工会
: the process by which a woman gives birth to a baby分娩;生产
Labour [singular] British, politics : the Labour Party of the United Kingdom or another part of the Commonwealth of Nations(英国或英联邦国家的)工党
2 labor /ˈleɪbɚ/ verb
(US) or British labour
labors; labored; laboring
2 labor
(US) or British labour
labors; labored; laboring
Learner's definition of LABOR
[no object]
: to do work劳动;工作
: to work hard in order to achieve something(为成就某事而)努力
: to move or proceed with effort吃力地前进
: to repeat or stress something too much or too often过分重复;过度强调

labor under a delusion/misapprehension/misconception

◊ If you continue to believe something that is not true, you are laboring under a delusion/misapprehension/misconception.产生妄想/误解
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la·​bor ˈlā-bər How to pronounce labor (audio)
: expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory
was sentenced to six months at hard labor
: the services performed by workers for wages as distinguished from those rendered by entrepreneurs for profits
: human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy
Industry needs labor for production.
: the physical activities (such as dilation of the cervix and contraction of the uterus) involved in giving birth
also : the period of such labor
: an economic group comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
wants the vote of labor in the elections
: the organizations or officials representing groups of workers
negotiations between labor and management
: workers employed in an establishment
: workers available for employment
Immigrants provided a source of cheap labor.
usually Labour : the Labour party of the United Kingdom or of another part of the Commonwealth of Nations
: an act or process requiring labor : task
The three-month project evolved into a year-long labor.
: a product of labor
The flood destroyed the labor of years.


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labored; laboring ˈlā-b(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce labor (audio)

intransitive verb

: to exert one's powers of body or mind especially with painful or strenuous effort : work
: to move with great effort
the truck labored up the hill
: to suffer from some disadvantage or distress
labor under a delusion
: to be in the labor of giving birth
of a ship : to pitch or roll heavily

transitive verb

: to treat or work out in often laborious detail
labor the obvious
: to cause to labor
: to spend labor on or produce by labor
: to strive to effect or achieve


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: of or relating to labor
capitalized : of, relating to, or constituting a political party held to represent the interests of workers or made up largely of organized labor groups
Choose the Right Synonym for labor

work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion.

work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force.

too tired to do any work

labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion.

farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor

travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering.

years of travail were lost when the house burned

toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor.

his lot would be years of back-breaking toil

drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor.

an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery

grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body.

the grind of the assembly line

Example Sentences

Noun A day's labor should get the job done. Getting the job done will require many hours of difficult labor. He rested from his labors. The cost of repairing the car includes parts and labor. an area in which there is a shortage of cheap labor The proposed new law is opposed by organized labor. She went into labor this morning. She has been in labor for several hours. She began to have labor pains this morning. She had a difficult labor. Verb Workers labored in the vineyard. He labored for several years as a miner. She has labored in vain to convince them to accept her proposal. We should honor those who labored so long to make the truth known. The truck labored up the hill. I have been laboring through this book for months. She has a tendency to labor the obvious. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The failure of the labor market to soften has added to the impetus for a more-aggressive tightening path at the US central bank. Matthew Boesler, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2022 Yet, the labor market remains historically strong, prompting others to argue that unemployment need not climb quite so much. Rob Wile, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2022 Revisions to the labor market outlook may signal how much economic pain Fed officials expect policy-tightening to deliver. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2022 The failure of the labor market to soften has added to the impetus for a more-aggressive tightening path at the US central bank. Time, 21 Sep. 2022 In comparison to other racial groups of women in the US, Black women have consistently had the highest levels of labor market participation regardless of age or marital status. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 21 Sep. 2022 And anyone looking at the current labor market, with near-record-low unemployment, as well as resilient consumer spending, wouldn't logically call this a recession. Allison Morrow, CNN, 20 Sep. 2022 Part of the problem is that the postal service is competing with the rest of the labor market for workers, and its jobs can involve tough work out in the weather, Camilli said. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2022 Also part of the program are Lightcast, a labor market analytics firm; Bendable, an online course curator from the Drucker Institute; Carlsbad libraries; and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022
This week’s triple-digit heat wave has pounded workers across Southern California, particularly those who labor primarily outdoors or whose workplaces, like many warehouses, lack air conditioning. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2022 At large tech companies, temps, vendors, and contractors—dubbed TVCs—often labor alongside permanent employees for less pay, fewer benefits, and weaker job security. Wired, 8 July 2022 In between work responsibilities, the colleagues tease one another affectionately and fall in and out of love (and in and out again), making the whole idea of having to labor in the mines a little less fraught. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022 Low-wage workers must labor for about 14 hours to fill up their tank. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 23 June 2022 Not only do employees labor over circuit boards and code, but there’s a line of four sewing machines in the company’s office for crafting exosuit prototypes. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2022 Kaprielian then threw two changeups to Josh Naylor, who homered on the second. Kaprielian, who can labor in starts and see his pitch count climb early, sat at a manageable 75 after the fifth. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 June 2022 Stevens exhibits a mindfulness that modern people still labor to attain. Robert Isenberg, Longreads, 26 Apr. 2022 But few people are blessed with a universal conscience, and most of us must labor to expand the power of empathy in radiating circles, from family to community to country to planet. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022
His administration has already taken significant steps toward doing so, according to the White House, like appointing a pro-labor attorney as the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2022 Biden has been a solidly pro-labor president, especially given his narrow Senate majority. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 5 Sep. 2022 There’s also an anti-labor strain of Hollywood history, particularly during the post-World War II Red Scare, when studios purged left-wing writers, directors and actors through an industrywide blacklist. Peter Dreier, The Conversation, 22 Aug. 2022 That’s very much in line with Trump, who frequently expressed distaste for unions on Twitter and made consistently anti-labor appointments to the Labor Department and the National Labor Relations Board. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 18 Aug. 2022 In the past year, more young people on TikTok have expressed pro-labor sentiment, speaking out about fair pay and worker’s rights. Caroline O'donovan, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2022 In 2021, Amazon spent $4.3 million trying to snuff out pro-labor sentiment among its employees, according to U.S. Labor Department documents. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 19 July 2022 All four Democrats have pitched themselves as pro-labor candidates. Isaac Yu, Journal Sentinel, 13 July 2022 But Jones said the union was willing to give Edwards another shot, seeing her as a strong pro-labor voice in Congress — and a voice for women. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, 3 July 2022 See More

Word History


Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French labur, from Latin labor; perhaps akin to Latin labare to totter, labi to slip — more at sleep

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of labor was in the 14th century
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0_0: Translations of Labor
  • # n.
    分娩: accouchement, birth, childbirth, labor, labour, parturition
    工: craft, labor, labour, profession, skill, trade
    工夫: effort, labor, labour, skill, time, work
    功夫: art, effort, kung fu, labor, labour, skill
    勞: fatigue, labor, labour, toil, work
    勞動: labor, manual labor, physical labor, labour, work
    勞方: labor, labour, work
    勞工: job, labor, laborer, labour, labourer, work
    痲煩: bother, burden, labor, labour, plague, trouble
    劬: labor, labour
    役: labor, labour, service

0_0: Definitions of Labor
  • # noun.
    - work, especially hard physical work.
    * the price of repairs includes labor and parts
    - (in the UK or Canada) the Labour Party.
    * the Labour leader
    - the process of childbirth, especially the period from the start of uterine contractions to delivery.
    * his wife is in labor
  • # verb.
    - work hard; make great effort.
    * they labored from dawn to dusk
    - have difficulty in doing something despite working hard.
    * Coley labored against confident opponents
    - (of a woman in childbirth) be in labor.
    * she labored very well and comfortably because she was relaxed

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