labour noun, verb definition, meaning - what is labour noun, verb in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “labour”

See all translations

labour

noun UK (US labor) uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/  us   /-bɚ/

labour noun (WORK)

C1 [U] practical work, especially that which involves physical effort: The car parts themselves are not expensive, it's the labour that costs the money. manual labour (= hard work using the hands)C1 [U] workers, especially people who do practical work with their hands: skilled/unskilled labourlabours [plural] literary all the effort and hard work that have been involved in doing a particular piece of work: Are you tired after your labours? West was paid very little for his labours. Retirement is the time to enjoy the fruits of your labours.
More examples

labour noun (BIRTH)

C2 [C or U] the last stage of pregnancy from the time when the muscles of the womb start to push the baby out of the body until the baby appears: labour pains She went into (= started) labour at twelve o'clock last night. I was in labour for twelve hours with my first baby. No two labours are ever the same.

labour

verb UK (US labor) uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/  us   /-bɚ/
[I] to do hard physical work: He travelled around Europe labouring to pay his way. [+ to infinitive] Three hours after the explosion, rescue teams were still labouring to free those trapped. [I + adv/prep] to do something slowly with great physical or mental effort: He laboured up the hill with his heavy load. She's been labouring over the same article for days.
(Definition of labour noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of labour?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “labour” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

decider

a final game or competition that allows one person or team to win, or the winning point scored

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More