Definition of “labor” - English Dictionary

(Definition of “labor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“labor” in American English

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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:


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.

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“labor” in Business English

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labornoun [ U ]

uk /ˈleɪbər/ us US HR

→  labour

(Definition of “labor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)