Definitions

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  • v. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • “But, reverend philosopher,” said the Countess, “who labourest so artificially in recommending the yoke of pleasure, know that you contradict every notion which I have been taught from my infancy.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • It is a great defect that thou labourest under, and therefore I would have thee learn at any rate to sign thy name. "

    Don Quixote

  • "I am but a rustic herdsman, pretty maiden, yet wise, by favour of my great age and long experience; and if I guess truly by those faltering steps, by thy sorrowful eyes and continual sighing, thou labourest with excess of love.

    Marius the Epicurean — Volume 1

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