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  1. la·bor
    IPA[ˈlābər]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. work hard; make great effort:

      they labored from dawn to dusk she was patiently laboring over her sketchbooks
      Synonym : work (hard), toil, slave (away), grub away, plod away, grind away, sweat away, struggle, strive, exert oneself, overwork, work one's fingers to the bone, work like a Trojan/dog/slave, keep one's nose to the grindstone, slog away, kill oneself, plug away, put one's back into something, peg away, graft, drudge, travail, moil
    • 2. work at an unskilled manual occupation:

      he was eking out an existence by laboring
    • 3. till (the ground):

      the land belonged to him who labored it
    • 4. have difficulty in doing something despite working hard:

      Coley labored against confident opponents
      Synonym : strive, struggle, endeavor, work, try hard, make every effort, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can, give (it/something) one's all, go all out, fight, push, be at pains, put oneself out, apply oneself, exert oneself, bend/fall/lean over backwards, give it one's best shot, pull out all the stops
    • 5. move or proceed with difficulty:

      they labored up a steep, tortuous track
    • 6. (of an engine) work noisily and with difficulty:

      the wheels churned, the engine laboring
    • 7. (of a ship) roll or pitch heavily:

      the seas ran high, and the ship labored hard
    • 8. (of a woman in childbirth) be in labor:

      she labored very well and comfortably because she was relaxed
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: labour, plural noun: labours

    • v.: verb: labour, 3rd person present: labours, gerund or present participle: labouring, past tense: laboured, past participle: laboured

    • adjective

      working at an unskilled manual occupation:

      working or moving with difficulty:

    • adjective

      done with great effort and difficulty:

      (especially of humor or a performance) not spontaneous or fluent:

    • noun

      work, especially physical work:

      workers, especially manual workers, considered collectively:

    • verb

      work hard; make great effort:

      work at an unskilled manual occupation:

    • adjective

      working at an unskilled manual occupation:

      working or moving with difficulty:

    • adjective

      done with great effort and difficulty:

      (especially of humour or a performance) not spontaneous or fluent:

    • noun

      a political party formed to represent the interests of ordinary working people.

      a major party in Israel, Australia, and certain other countries.

    • noun

      labor involved in production rather than administration, maintenance, and other support services.

      labor employed by the authority commissioning the work, not by a contractor.

    • noun

      the mental activity required to manage or perform the routine tasks necessary for maintaining relationships and ensuring smooth running of a household or process, typically regarded as an unappreciated or unacknowledged burden borne disproportionately by women:

      the management of one's emotions in order to present oneself and interact with other people in a certain way while doing a job:

    • carry (a heavy load or object) with difficulty

      be deceived or misled by (a mistaken belief)

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