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English

Alternative spellings

  • labour (Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada)

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
labor

Plural
s

labor (s)
  1. Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      ...so I set myself to enlarge my cave, and work farther into the earth; for it was a loose sandy rock, which yielded easily to the labour I bestowed on it...
  2. (uncountable) Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; sometimes specifically the labor movement, organised labor.
  3. The act of a mother giving birth.
  4. The time period during which a mother gives birth.

Usage notes

  • Attributes: physical, mental, technical, organized, etc.

Verb

Infinitive
to labor

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to labor (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (US) spelling of labour; see British/commonwealth entry for definitions, etymology, pronunciation, translations, etc.

Latin

Noun

labor (genitive labōris); m, third declension

  1. work

Inflection

Number Singular Plural
nominative labor labōrēs
genitive labōris labōrum
dative labōrī labōribus
accusative labōrem labōrēs
ablative labōre labōribus
vocative labor labōrēs

Derived terms

Verb

present active lābor, present infinitive lābī, perfect active lāpsus sum. (deponent)
  1. I slip
  2. I glide, flow

Inflection

Derived terms

Descendants


Spanish

Noun

labor f. (plural labors)

Singular
labor f.

Plural
labors f.

  1. job

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