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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of labor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work.
  • n. Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; sometimes specifically the labour movement, organised labour.
  • n. A political party or force aiming or claiming to represent the interests of labour.
  • n. The act of a mother giving birth.
  • n. The time period during which a mother gives birth.
  • v. To toil, to work.
  • v. To belabour, to emphasise or expand upon (a point in a debate, etc).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as labor; -- British spelling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
  • n. concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
  • n. a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries
  • v. undergo the efforts of childbirth
  • v. strive and make an effort to reach a goal
  • v. work hard
  • n. a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages

Etymologies

From Middle English labouren, from Old French laborer, from Latin laborare ("(intransitive) to labor, strive, exert onself, suffer, be in distress, (transitive) to work out, elaborate"), from labor ("labor, toil, work, exertion"); perhaps remotely akin to robur ("strength"). (Wiktionary)

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