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1work, especially hard physical work:the price of repairs includes labor and parts manual labor workers, especially manual workers, considered collectively:nonunion casual labor manual workers considered as a social class or political force: [as modifier]:the labor movement
) a department of government concerned with a nation’s workforce:Secretary of Labor
2the process of childbirth, especially the period from the start of uterine contractions to delivery:his wife is in labor 3 (Labour) [treated as singular or plural] (in the UK or Canada) the Labour Party.
verb [no object]
work hard; make great effort:they labored from dawn to dusk in two shifts it now looks as if the reformers had labored in vain work at an unskilled manual occupation:he was eking out an existence by laboring have difficulty in doing something despite working hard:Coley labored against confident opponents (of an engine) work noisily and with difficulty:the wheels churned, the engine laboring [with adverbial of direction] move or proceed with trouble or difficulty:they labored up a steep, tortuous track (of a ship) roll or pitch heavily. [with object] archaic till (the ground):the land belonged to him who labored it
1carry (a heavy load or object) with difficulty. 2be deceived or misled by (a mistaken belief):you’ve been laboring under a misapprehension