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Synonyms of labour in English:


  • 1 the aristocratic disdain for manual labour
    work, toil, employment, exertion, industry, industriousness, toiling, hard work, hard labour, drudgery, effort, the sweat of one's brow, donkey work, menial work
    British informal graft
    archaic travail, moil
    [Antonyms] rest, leisure, ease, idleness
  • 2 the conflict of interest between capital and labour
    [Antonyms] management
  • 3 the labours of Hercules
    task, job, chore, undertaking, mission, commission, assignment
  • 4 Gina had a long and difficult labour
    contractions, labour pains, labour pangs, labour throes
    technical parturition
    archaic confinement, accouchement, lying-in, childbed, travail
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  • 1 a project on which he had laboured for many years
    [Antonyms] rest, relax, laze
  • 2 Newcastle laboured to break down the home team's defence
    strive, struggle, endeavour, work, try hard, make every effort, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can, give (it/something) one's all, go all out, fight, push, be at pains, put oneself out, apply oneself, exert oneself
  • 3 enough has been said, and there is no need to labour the point
    overemphasize, belabour, overstress, place/lay too much emphasis on, overdo, strain, over-elaborate, overplay, attach too much importance/weight to, make too much of, exaggerate, dwell on, harp on (about), expound on, expand
  • 4 Rex was labouring under a misapprehension
    suffer from, be a victim of, be burdened by, be overburdened by, be disadvantaged by, be under
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    labour, work, toil
    See work
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