Definitions

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  • verb archaic Second-person singular simple present form of labour.

Etymologies

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labour +‎ -est

Examples

  • He replied: ‘Why labourest thou not to be delivered from the baseness of service because philosophers have said that it is better to eat barley bread and to sit than to gird oneself with a golden belt and to stand in service?’

    The Gulistan of Sa'di

  • Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest, all the days of thy unsteady life, which are given to thee under the sun, all the time of thy vanity: for this is thy portion in life, and in thy labour wherewith thou labourest under the sun.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete The Challoner Revision

  • Nay, under the wintry star thou labourest on thy fleet, and hastenest to launch into the deep amid northern gales; ah, cruel!

    The Aeneid of Virgil

  • Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest, all the days of thy unsteady life, which are given to thee under the sun, all the time of thy vanity: for this is thy portion in life, and in thy labour wherewith thou labourest under the sun.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete

  • Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest, all the days of thy unsteady life, which are given to thee under the sun, all the time of thy vanity: for this is thy portion in life, and in thy labour wherewith thou labourest under the sun.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Old Testament — Part 2

  • But when with thy body thou shalt lay aside thy disease, then will be extinguished that fatal thirst, under which thou unhappily labourest.

    Spiritual Works of Louis of Blois

  • And thou, as I see, ordainest to embrace us in thy mortal subtlety when thou labourest to draw us by the ensamples of the philosophers.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 7

  • God doth not despise thee because thou art imperfect and infirm, but loveth thee exceedingly because thou desirest and labourest to be more perfect.

    A Mirror for Monks.

  • Not with lost toil thou labourest through the night!

    Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold

  • Not with lost toil thou labourest through the night!

    Matthew Arnold's Sohrab and Rustum and Other Poems

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