Definition of "labour" []

  • Chiefly British Variant of labor. (noun)
  • Productive work, esp physical toil done for wages (noun)

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  • The people, class, or workers involved in this, esp in contrast to management, capital, etc (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Difficult or arduous work or effort (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • A particular job or task, esp of a difficult nature (noun)
  • The process or effort of childbirth or the time during which this takes place (noun)
  • To perform labour; work (verb)
  • To strive or work hard (for something) (verb)
  • To be burdened (by) or be at a disadvantage (because of) (verb)
  • To make one's way with difficulty (verb)
  • To deal with or treat too persistently (verb)
  • (of a woman) to be in labour (verb)
  • (of a ship) to pitch and toss (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "labour" in a sentence
  • "Anyone possessing a diamond worth, for example, 600£, would here have at his disposal a year's income from one person's labour; but to buy such a diamond and to wear it because it represented that value would, in view of our institutions, be to make oneself ridiculous; for he who did it would simply be investing in that way the profits of _his own labour_."
  • "It was at an end, therefore, long before the moft confiderable improvements were made in the produ6Uve powers of labour, and it would be to no purpofe to trace further what might have been its effects upon the recompence or wages of labour*"
  • "Even a pregnant woman in labour is better off than these cry babies. mfhpr"