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division of labor

noun, Economics.
a production process in which a worker or group of workers is assigned a specialized task in order to increase efficiency.
Origin of division of labor
1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Contemporary definitions for division of labor

the breakdown of work into its tasks or parts and assigned to various people, groups, or machines for the purposes of efficiency's 21st Century Lexicon
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division of labor in Culture

division of labor definition

Dividing a job into many specialized parts, with a single worker or a few workers assigned to each part. Division of labor is important to mass production.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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