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Noun

Singular
labour

Plural
s

labour (s) (UK)
  1. Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work.
  2. (uncountable) Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; sometimes specifically the labour movement, organised labour.
  3. (uncountable) A political party or force aiming or claiming to represent the interests of labour.
  4. The act of a mother giving birth
  5. The time period during which a mother gives birth.

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Verb

Infinitive
to labour

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to labour (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To toil, to work.
  2. (transitive) To belabour, to emphasize or expand upon (a point in a debate, etc).

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Usage notes

Like many other words ending in -our/-or, this word is spelled labour in the UK and labor in the U.S.; in Canada, labour is preferred, but labor is not unknown. In Australia, where labour is the usual spelling, labor is nonetheless enshrined in the name of the Australian Labor Party, reflecting the fact that the -or endings had some currency in Australia in the past.

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Breton

Noun

labour

  1. work, job

French

Noun

labour m.

  1. cultivation

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