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labour (British English) also: labor (American English)
British English: /ˈleɪbə/
American English: /ˈleɪbər/

Translation of labour in French:


  • 1 (gen) (work) the fruits of one's labours
    les fruits de son travail or son labeur
    to rest from one's labours
    se reposer de son travail
    the division of labour
    la division du travail
    to withdraw one's labour a withdrawal of labour
    une grève (f)
    before n (market)
    du travail
  • 2 (workforce)
    (in contrast to management) ouvriers mpl
    material and labour
    fournitures et main-d'œuvre
    skilled/unskilled labour
    main-d'œuvre (f) qualifiée/non qualifiée
    before n (costs)
    de la main-d'œuvre
    (dispute, relations)
    ouvriers-patronat inv
    de main-d'œuvre
  • 3 (Medicine) her labour lasted 16 hours
    son accouchement a duré 16 heures
    an easy/difficult labour
    un accouchement facile/difficile
    to be in labour
    être en train d'accoucher
    to go into ou begin labour
    commencer à avoir des contractions
  • 4
    also: Labour
    (Politics) (+ v pl)
    le parti (m) travailliste
    to vote Labour
    voter travailliste
    before n (supporter, view, manifesto)
    du parti travailliste
    au parti travailliste
    the Labour vote
    le vote travailliste

intransitive verb

  • 2 (have difficulties)
    peiner (to do à faire)
    he was labouring to breathe
    il peinait à respirer, il respirait péniblement
    to labour up/down/along
    monter/descendre/avancer avec peine or péniblement
  • 4to labour under
    être victime de (delusion, illusion, misapprehension)
    he's labouring under the illusion that he's going to be offered the post
    il se fait l'illusion or il s'imagine qu'on va lui offrir la place


a labour of love

une tâche demandant beaucoup de passion

a labour of Hercules

un travail de Romain or de titan

to labour the point

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