verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- labor and socialist international,
- labor camp,
- labor day,
- labor force,
- labor market
Origin of labor
labor omnia vincit
Examples from the Web for labor
Expensive day care pushes women out of the labor market while men continue to work outside the home.
Public sector unions have also fractured the labor movement itself.
In Turkey, crime groups in border areas are exploiting the labor of Syrian male refugees who cannot find legitimate employment.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the summer of 2014, they both were sentenced to 4-1/2 years in a labor camp.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“When you attack public sector unions now, you are attacking the heart of the U.S. labor movement,” says Dine.
I discovered that they kept no cattle, nor animals of any kind for food or labor.Mizora: A Prophecy|Mary E. Bradley
Why was he not strong in health and body like the people about him, and yet for whom did he wish to labor?Jack|Alphonse Daudet
Burial became too gigantic a labor, and John and Simon ordered the bodies thrown over the walls to prevent pestilence.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
And to my mother I send compensation for my dead brother's labor.Dust of New York|Konrad Bercovici
Before the men were taken to the various places of labor, they were ranged in single file, and their numbers called out.A Lover in Homespun|F. Clifford Smith
c.1300, "a task, a project;" later "exertion of the body; trouble, difficulty, hardship" (late 14c.), from Old French labor "labor, toil, work, exertion, task" (12c., Modern French labeur), from Latin laborem (nominative labor) "labor, toil, exertion; hardship, pain, fatigue; a work, a product of labor," of uncertain origin, perhaps originally from the notion of "tottering under a burden," and related to labere "to totter."
Meaning "body of laborers considered as a class" (usually contrasted to capitalists) is from 1839. Sense of "physical exertions of childbirth" is 1590s, earlier labour of birthe (early 15c.), a sense also found in Old French, and cf. French en travail "in (childbirth) suffering" (see travail). Labor Day first marked 1882 in New York City.
late 14c., "perform manual or physical work; work hard; keep busy; take pains, strive, endeavor" (also "copulate"), from Old French laborer "work, toil; struggle, have difficulty," from Latin laborare, from labor (see labor (n.)). The verb in modern French, Spanish, Portuguese means "to plow;" the wider sense being taken by the equivalent of English travail. Sense of "to endure pain, suffer" is early 15c., especially in phrase labor of child. Related: Labored; laboring.