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"labor" in British English

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labornoun, verb

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

Labornoun [+ sing/pl verb]

uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/  us   /-bɚ/ (abbreviation ALP)
the Labor Party, an Australian ​politicalparty 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)

practicalwork, esp. ​work that ​involvesphysicaleffort: The ​carparts themselves are not ​expensive – it’s the labor that ​costs so much. Labor also refers to the ​workers themselves, esp. those who do ​practicalwork with ​theirhands: skilled/​unskilled laborlabor-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 ​uterusstart to ​push the ​baby out of the ​body, usually ​lasting until the ​babyappears: 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 ​physicalwork: [+ to infinitive] Hours after the ​explosion, ​rescueteams 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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