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Definition of "laboured" []

  • (of breathing) performed with difficulty (adjective)
  • Showing effort; contrived; lacking grace or fluency (adjective)
  • Simple past tense and past participle of labour. (verb)

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  • Of an action that is difficult to perform. (adjective)
  • Of writing or speech or similar, stilted or not natural due to too much effort being used in the production. (adjective)

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Use "laboured" in a sentence
  • "Stair soothed the dog with one hand, for he could hear his heart thump in short laboured leaps as if after a long pursuit of a dog-fox on the hillside."
  • "We sincerely trust to hear that Butler has been superseded; but certain laboured attempts which have been made to explain away some of the wickedness of his ferocious edict do not seem to point in the desirable direction."
  • "Accordingly, when such great alarms surrounded them on every side, and it became apparent to all that the Roman name laboured not only under hatred with their enemies, but under contempt also with their allies; it was resolved that the state should be defended under the same auspices, as those under which it had been recovered, and that Marcus Furius should be nominated dictator."