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

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

  • his labor did not require a great deal of skill

Synonyms for labour in the sense of this definition

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

"she checked several points needing further work"

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

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

"he became ill from overwork"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Definition 2: a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages - [noun denoting group]

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

  • there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field

Synonyms for labour in the sense of this definition

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

"the working class" "an emerging professional class"

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

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

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

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

"workers of the world--unite!"

Definition 3: 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 labour in the sense of this definition

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

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

Definition 4: concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child - [noun denoting state]

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

  • she was in labor for six hours

Synonyms for labour in the sense of this definition

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

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

(labour 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

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

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

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

Definition 5: undergo the efforts of childbirth - [verb of body]

Synonyms for labour in the sense of this definition

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

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

(labour implies ...) cause to be born

"My wife had twins yesterday!"

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

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

Synonyms for labour in the sense of this definition

(labour 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 labour 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 labour in the sense of this definition

(labour 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 labour ) to exert much effort or energy

"straining our ears to hear"

(labour 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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