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Meaning & Definition of Labor in English

English

Labor

/lebər/

noun

1. A social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages

  • "There is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"
    synonym:
  • labor
  • ,
  • labour
  • ,
  • working class
  • ,
  • proletariat

2. Productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

  • "His labor did not require a great deal of skill"
    synonym:
  • labor
  • ,
  • labour
  • ,
  • toil

3. Concluding state of pregnancy

  • From the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
  • "She was in labor for six hours"
    synonym:
  • parturiency
  • ,
  • labor
  • ,
  • labour
  • ,
  • confinement
  • ,
  • lying-in
  • ,
  • travail
  • ,
  • childbed

4. An organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement

    synonym:
  • labor movement
  • ,
  • trade union movement
  • ,
  • labor

5. A political party formed in great britain in 1900

  • Characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries
    synonym:
  • British Labour Party
  • ,
  • Labour Party
  • ,
  • Labour
  • ,
  • Labor

6. The federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the united states

  • Created in 1913
    synonym:
  • Department of Labor
  • ,
  • Labor Department
  • ,
  • Labor
  • ,
  • DoL

7. Any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

  • "He prepared for great undertakings"
    synonym:
  • undertaking
  • ,
  • project
  • ,
  • task
  • ,
  • labor

verb

1. Strive and make an effort to reach a goal

  • "She tugged for years to make a decent living"
  • "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"
  • "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
    synonym:
  • tug
  • ,
  • labor
  • ,
  • labour
  • ,
  • push
  • ,
  • drive

2. Work hard

  • "She was digging away at her math homework"
  • "Lexicographers drudge all day long"
    synonym:
  • labor
  • ,
  • labour
  • ,
  • toil
  • ,
  • fag
  • ,
  • travail
  • ,
  • grind
  • ,
  • drudge
  • ,
  • dig
  • ,
  • moil

3. Undergo the efforts of childbirth

    synonym:
  • labor
  • ,
  • labour

Examples of using

This work will only be done well if there's division of labor.
He was too feeble to do manual labor.
Learning without thought is labor lost.