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labor

noun

1 labor

A social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages:
— There is a shortage of skilled labor in this field.

synonyms: labour, proletariat, working class.

Roget 680: action, performance; doing, etc. v.; perpetration; exercise, excitation; movement, operation, evolution, work; labor ... show more

Roget 737a: government, legal authority, soveriegn, sovereign authority; authority etc. 737; master etc. 745; direction etc. 693.    [nations] ... show more

Dutch: arbeidersklasse, proletariaat, werkende klasse
Polish: proletariat



2 labor

Productive work (especially physical work done for wages):
— His labor did not require a great deal of skill.

synonyms: labour, toil.

Roget 686: exertion, effort, strain, tug, pull, stress, throw, stretch, struggle, spell, spurt, spirt; stroke of work, stitch of work.    ... show more

Dutch: gezwoeg
Polish: robocizna

3 labor

Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child:
— She was in labor for six hours.

synonyms: childbed, confinement, labour, lying-in, parturiency, travail.

Roget 161: production, creation, construction, formation, fabrication, manufacture; building, architecture, erection, edification; coinage; diaster; organization; ... show more

Dutch: kraam, kraambed

4 labor

An organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement.

synonyms: labor movement, trade union movement.

5 Labor

A political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries.

synonyms: British Labour Party, Labour, Labour Party.

6 Labor

The federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913.

synonyms: Department of Labor, DoL, Labor Department.

7 labor

Any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted.

synonyms: project, task, undertaking.

Dutch: doel, Rome is niet op één dag gebouwd, taak, werklast
Polish: przedsięwzięcie

verb

1 labor

Strive and make an effort to reach a goal.

synonyms: drive, labour, push, tug.

Roget 680: do, perform, execute; achieve etc. (complete) 729; transact, enact; commit, perpetrate, inflict; exercise, prosecute, ... show more

2 labor

Work hard.

synonyms: dig, drudge, fag, grind, labour, moil, toil, travail.

Roget 686: exert oneself; exert one's energies, tax one's energies; use exertion.    labor, work, toil, moil, sweat, fag, drudge, slave, drag a lengthened chain, ... show more

Dutch: beulen, inspannen, ploegen, ploeteren, sappelen, sloven

3 labor

Undergo the efforts of childbirth.

synonym: labour.


Moby thesaurus: accouchement, activities, activity, affair, affairs, aim, always trot out, amplify, assignment, bag, be busy, be confined, be determined, be employed, bear, bear a child, bear young, belabor, birth, birth throes ... show more.

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