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Meaning of “labour” in the English Dictionary

"labour" in British English

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labournoun

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

C1 [U] practicalwork, ​especially when it ​involves hard ​physicaleffort: The ​carparts themselves are not ​expensive, it's the labour that ​costs the ​money. manual labour (= hard ​work using the ​hands)C1 [U] workers, ​especiallypeople who do ​practicalwork with ​theirhands: skilled/​unskilled labourlabours [plural] literary all the ​effort and hard ​work that have been ​involved in doing a ​particularpiece of ​work: Are you ​tired after ​your labours? West was ​paid very little for his labours. Retirement is the ​time to ​enjoy the ​fruits ofyour labours.

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  • labour noun (BIRTH)

C2 [C or U] the last ​stage of ​pregnancy from the ​time when the ​muscles of the wombstart to ​push the ​baby out of the ​body until the ​babyappears: 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.

labourverb

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

Labournoun [+ sing/pl verb]

uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/  us   /-bɚ/
the Labour Party, the ​politicalparty in Great ​Britain that ​believes in ​social equality, a more ​equalsharing out of wealth, and the ​rights of ​workers: Labour are ​sure to get in at the next ​election. I ​voted Labour in the last ​election.

Labouradjective

uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/  us   /-bɚ/
belonging or ​relating to the Labour Party: the Labour Party Labour ​voters the Labour ​candidate
(Definition of labour from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"labour" in Business English

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labournoun [U]

UK (US labor) uk   us   /ˈleɪbər/
practical ​work, especially involving ​physicaleffort: The ​cost will depend on the ​amount of labour involved. They gave us an ​estimatedpriceincluding parts and labour. The ​shortssell for $45, but the hard labor of the women who made them ​cost just 50 ​cents. Most ​jobs these days aren't ​exhausting manual labour.
HR workers in a ​company or a country, especially ​people who do practical ​work with their ​hands: skilled/unskilled labour Foreign ​workers were ​brought in to ​fill a ​temporaryshortfall in ​skilled labor. We use casual labour during ​busyperiods. cheap/​local/​temporary labour More ​companies are ​buildingplants abroad to take ​advantage of ​cheaper labor ​costs. labour ​disputes/​shortages/​standards
withdraw your labour UK HR to ​stopworking as a way of ​complaining about or ​trying to ​change something, such as ​pay or ​workingconditions: The ​pilots have chosen to ​withdraw their labour at a crucial ​time in the airline's ​history.
(Definition of labour from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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