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"labour" in British English

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labournoun

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

C1 [U] practical work, especially when it involves hard physical effort: The car parts themselves are not expensive, it's the labour that costs the money. manual labour (= hard work using the hands)
labours [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.

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  • 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.

labourverb

UK US labor uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/ us   /ˈleɪ.bɚ/

Labournoun [+ sing/pl verb]

uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/ us   /ˈleɪ.bɚ/

Labouradjective

uk   /ˈleɪ.bər/ us   /ˈleɪ.bɚ/
(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   /ˈleɪbər/ us  
practical work, especially involving physical effort: The cost will depend on the amount of labour involved. They gave us an estimated price including parts and labour. The shorts sell 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 temporary shortfall in skilled labor. We use casual labour during busy periods. cheap/local/temporary labour More companies are building plants abroad to take advantage of cheaper labor costs. labour disputes/shortages/standards
withdraw your labour UK
HR to stop working as a way of complaining about or trying to change something, such as pay or working conditions: 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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