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Meaning & Definition of Labor in English





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

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

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

  • "His labor did not require a great deal of skill"
  • 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"
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Department of Labor,
  • Labor Department,
  • Labor,
  • DoL

7. Any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

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


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"
  • tug,
  • labor,
  • labour,
  • push,
  • drive

2. Work hard

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

3. Undergo the efforts of childbirth

  • labor,
  • labour

Examples of using

Tom is very skilled at manual labor.
Tom is very skilled in manual labor.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.