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labour

noun uk UK (US labor)   /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)Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work C1 [U] workers, especially people who do practical work with their hands: skilled/unskilled labourWorkers in general labours (US also labors) [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.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effortWork, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work

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.BirthPregnancy

labour

verb uk UK (US labor)   /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.Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work [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.Slow and moving slowly
(Definition of labour noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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