Labor - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈleɪbər|  American pronunciation of the word labor
Brit.  |ˈleɪbər|  British pronunciation of the word labor
- a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages (syn: labour, proletariat)
- productive work (especially physical work done for wages) (syn: labour, toil)
- concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child (syn: childbed, confinement, labour, lying- in, travail)
- an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement
- a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries (syn: labour)
- the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
- any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted (syn: project, task, undertaking)


- strive and make an effort to reach a goal (syn: drive, labour, push, tug)
- work hard (syn: dig, drudge, fag, grind, labour, moil, toil, travail)
- undergo the efforts of childbirth (syn: labour)


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.

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.

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