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Definition 1: productive work (especially physical work done for wages) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where labor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his labor did not require a great deal of skill

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) activity directed toward making or doing something

"she checked several points needing further work"

(... is a kind of labor ) capturing cattle or horses with a lasso

(... is a kind of labor ) the act of working too much or too long

"he became ill from overwork"

(... is a kind of labor ) labor done with the hands

(... is a kind of labor ) cutting grass and curing it to make hay

(... is a kind of labor ) professional work done according to formula

(... is a kind of labor ) the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts

(... is a kind of labor ) use of physical or mental energy; hard work

"he got an A for effort" "they managed only with great exertion"

(... is a kind of labor ) hard monotonous routine work

(... is a kind of labor ) unpaid labor (as for the maintenance of roads) required by a lord of his vassals in lieu of taxes

(... is a kind of labor ) work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay

Definition 2: any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted - [noun denoting act]

Samples where labor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he prepared for great undertakings

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) activity directed toward making or doing something

"she checked several points needing further work"

(... is a kind of labor ) any undertaking that is easy to do

"marketing this product will be no picnic"

(... is a kind of labor ) any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

(... is a kind of labor ) a formidable task or requirement

"finishing in time was a tall order but we did it"

(... is a kind of labor ) a task to be dealt with

"securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition"

(... is a kind of labor ) anything that requires little thought

(... is a kind of labor ) any long and arduous undertaking

(... is a kind of labor ) productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation

(... is a kind of labor ) a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)

"he had doubts about the whole enterprise"

(... is a kind of labor ) a project of personal concern to someone

"this project is his baby"

(... is a kind of labor ) an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)

(... is a kind of labor ) a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)

(... is an instance of labor) code name for the secret United States project set up in 1942 to develop atomic bombs for use in World War II

Definition 3: a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages - [noun denoting group]

Samples where labor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) people having the same social, economic, or educational status

"the working class" "an emerging professional class"

(... is a kind of labor ) the source of trained people from which workers can be hired

(... is a kind of labor ) (Marxism) the unorganized lower levels of the proletariat who are not interested in revolutionary advancement

(... is a kind of labor ) employees who are represented by a labor union

(labor is a member of ...) a member of the working class (not necessarily employed)

"workers of the world--unite!"

Definition 4: the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913 - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States

(labor is a part of ...) a government agency in the Department of Labor to maintain a safe and healthy work environment

Definition 5: a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) a left-of-center political party formed to represent the interest of ordinary working people

(labor is a member of ...) a member of the British Labour Party

Definition 6: an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) a movement intended to bring about social and humanitarian reforms

(... is a kind of labor ) a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States; founded in Chicago in 1905 and dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism; its membership declined after World War I

(... is a kind of labor ) the system or principles and theory of labor unions

(labor is a part of ...) an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer

"you have to join the union in order to get a job"

Definition 7: concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child - [noun denoting state]

Samples where labor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she was in labor for six hours

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) the process of giving birth

(... is a kind of labor ) labor beginning prior to the 37th week of gestation

(labor is a part of ...) a rhythmic tightening in labor of the upper uterine musculature that contracts the size of the uterus and pushes the fetus toward the birth canal

(labor is a part of ...) shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor

(labor is a part of ...) the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle

(... is part of labor) the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus

Definition 8: undergo the efforts of childbirth - [verb of body]

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) pass through

"The chemical undergoes a sudden change" "The fluid undergoes shear" "undergo a strange sensation"

(labor implies ...) cause to be born

"My wife had twins yesterday!"

Samples where labor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She was digging away at her math homework
  • Lexicographers drudge all day long

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) be employed

"Is your husband working again?" "My wife never worked" "Do you want to work after the age of 60?" "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money" "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

Samples where labor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She tugged for years to make a decent living
  • We have to push a little to make the deadline!
  • She is driving away at her doctoral thesis

Synonyms for labor in the sense of this definition

(labor is a kind of ...) make a strenuous or labored effort

"She struggled for years to survive without welfare" "He fought for breath"

(... is a kind of labor ) to exert much effort or energy

"straining our ears to hear"

(labor has a similar meaning as ...) press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action

"He pushed her to finish her doctorate"

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