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"labor" in British English

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labornoun, verb

uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/  us   /ˈleɪ.bɚ/
US spelling of labour

Labornoun [+ sing/pl verb]

uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/  us   /ˈleɪ.bɚ/ (abbreviation ALP)
the Labor Party, an Australian political party that believes in social equality and the rights of workers
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(Definition of labor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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labornoun [U]

(Cdn Br labour)  us   /ˈleɪ·bər/
  • labor noun [U] (WORK)

practical work, esp. work that involves physical effort: The car parts themselves are not expensive – it’s the labor that costs so much.
Labor also refers to the workers themselves, esp. those who do practical work with their hands: skilled/unskilled labor
labor-saving
A labor-saving device or method is one that saves a lot of effort and time.
  • labor noun [U] (BIRTH)

the last stage of pregnancy when the muscles of the uterus start to push the baby out of the body, usually lasting until the baby appears: She went into (= started) labor at twelve o’clock last night.

laborverb [I]

(Cdn Br labour)  us   /ˈleɪ·bər/
  • labor verb [I] (WORK)

to do hard physical work: [+ to infinitive] Hours after the explosion, rescue teams were still laboring to free those trapped.
(Definition of labor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"labor" in Business English

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labornoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈleɪbər/ US HR
→  labour
(Definition of labor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “labor”
in Chinese (Simplified) (澳大利亚)工党…
in Turkish çalışma, iş, emek…
in Russian см. labour…
in Chinese (Traditional) (澳大利亞)工黨…
in Polish -…
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