1. [ noun ] (work) productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
Synonyms: toil labour

"his labor did not require a great deal of skill"

Related terms: work effort drudgery manual_labor hunt hackwork overwork haymaking corvee slavery roping
2. [ noun ] (work,sociology) a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
Synonyms: labour proletariat working_class

"there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"

Related terms: class labor_force prole
3. [ verb ] exert oneself, make an effort to reach a goal
Synonyms: push drive labour tug

"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"

Related terms: fight strive press_on push undertaking campaign laborer
4. [ verb ] (work) work hard
Synonyms: toil grind moil travail drudge dig fag labour

"She was digging away at her math homework" "Lexicographers drudge all day long"

Related terms: work undertaking effort laborer drudgery drudge swot
5. [ verb ] undergo the efforts of childbirth
Synonyms: labour
Related terms: experience give_birth
6. [ noun ] (politics) a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries
Synonyms: Labour Labor_Party Labour_Party
Related terms: party Labourite
7. [ noun ] (work,politics) an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action especially via labor unions (especially the leaders of this movement)
Synonyms: labor_movement trade_union_movement
Related terms: reform_movement unionism international_workers_of_the_world union
8. [ noun ] (biology,obstetrics) concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child
Synonyms: confinement labour lying-in travail childbed parturiency

"she was in labor for six hours"

Related terms: parturition premature_labor pregnancy effacement asynclitism uterine_contraction
9. [ noun ] (work,government) the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
Synonyms: Department_of_Labor dol Labor_Department
Related terms: executive_department occupational_safety_and_health_act
10. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 30127
11. [ noun ] any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
Synonyms: project task undertaking

"he prepared for great undertakings"

Related terms: work adventure enterprise venture cinch baby marathon tall_order no-brainer assignment proposition breeze labor_of_love manhattan_project plan undertake
Similar spelling:   Labore