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Pronunciation: /ˈleɪbər; ˈleɪbə(r)/
, (British English/inglés británico) labour

Translation of labor in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable/no numerable 1.1 (productive work) trabajo (masculine) the division of labor la división del trabajo to withdraw one's labor ir* a la huelga Department of Labor (in US) Ministerio (masculine) de Trabajo, Secretaría (feminine) de Trabajo (Mexico/México) (before noun/delante del nombre) [dispute/laws] laboral labor costs costo (masculine) or (in Spain also/en España también) coste (masculine) de la mano de obra labor leader (in US) líder (masculine and feminine) or dirigente (masculine and feminine) sindical the labor market el mercado de trabajo the labor movement el movimiento obrero labor relations relaciones (feminine plural) laborales labor supply oferta (feminine) de mano de obra
    Example sentences
    • The majority of migrant workers earn their living in the city by doing manual labour.
    • The men go off and look for casual labour during the day while women and children spend the day looking for shade.
    • These subjects were agricultural workers with varying periods of manual labour in the field.
    Example sentences
    • Fourth, the working class and labour movement, repressed, shackled, lacking independence, was no alternative.
    • Steelworkers Canadian director Ken Neumann said the merger creates a new force in the Canadian labour movement, as well as in federal and provincial politics.
    • But turning labour into a political force to be reckoned with in Alberta is a tall order, which McGowan clearly outlined in his paper.
    1.2 (workers) mano (feminine) de obra cheap labor mano de obra barata organized labor sindicalización (feminine), sindicación (feminine) (especially Spain/especialmente España)
    Example sentences
    • Today there is a growing acceptance of illegal casual labour and a strong demand for it.
    • In this society, his job was one of the few, in which people exactly performed manual labor.
    • It also aims to replace a number of full-time workers with casual and part-time labour.
  • 2
    (British English/inglés británico) [Politics/Política] (no article/sin artículo) (+ singular or plural verb/+ verbo en singular o plural) los laboristas, el Partido Laborista she voted Labor votó a or por los laboristas (before noun/delante del nombre) [candidate/policy] laborista
    Example sentences
    • They seem to think that the way to beat Labour is to be more Leftist than Labour!
    • South Swindon has a new Member of Parliament but the seat is still held by Labour.
    • Teresa Page was a hard-working councillor and Labour will be sad to see her go.
  • 4 uncountable/no numerable [Medicine/Medicina] parto (masculine) a difficult labor un parto difícil to be in labor estar* de parto or en trabajo de parto to go into labor entrar en trabajo de parto (before noun/delante del nombre) labor pains dolores (masculine plural) or contracciones (feminine plural) del parto labor ward sala (feminine) de partos
    Example sentences
    • They also received 300 mg every three hours while in labor until delivery.
    • Both Lamaze and Bradley encourage partner participation in labor and delivery.
    • The drug prostaglandin is injected into the womb and this causes it to contract strongly as in labour.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • to labor a point insistir excesivamente sobre un punto he did rather labor the subject se extendió farragosamente sobre el tema

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (toil) trabajar to labor for a cause luchar or trabajar por una causa to labor at sth trabajar incansablemente en algo 1.2 (work as laborer) (only in -ing form/solo en forma -ing) he got a job laboring/a laboring job consiguió un trabajo de peón
  • 2 (struggle) [engine] ahogarse*; [ship] bambolearse he labored up the hill subió trabajosamente or penosamente la cuesta he was laboring under the misapprehension o delusion that … se engañaba pensando que …, se creía que …

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