verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
SYNONYMS FOR labor
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Origin of labor
historical usage of labor
The Latin etymology for labor is obscure: the noun may be related to the verb lābī (which has a long ā ) “to move smoothly, slide” (commonly with implication of downward movement). Lābī in its turn may be related to labāre (with a short a in the root syllable) “to be unsteady on one’s feet, falter, totter.” These derivatives of lāb- and lab- may be related to the Latin nouns labium (the source of English labial ) and labrum, both meaning “lip” and, outside Latin, to the Greek noun lobós “lobe (of the ear, liver, or lung), pod (of a vegetable), slip (of a plant)” (and source of English lobe ).
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Labor refers to mental or physical work, especially that which is hard or fatiguing. When should you use labor instead of work, drudgery, or toil? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
Example sentences from the Web for labor
In just one week out of the last 23—dating all the way back to March—weekly jobless claims have come in above 1 million, adding to the carnage in the labor market.Why the Fed’s huge policy shift on inflation could be rocket fuel for stocks|Bernhard Warner|August 28, 2020|Fortune
Investigators found the ZIP code protocol was also on the books at Lovelace’s emergency department, in addition to its labor and delivery and perinatal care units.Federal Investigation Finds Hospital Violated Patients’ Rights by Profiling, Separating Native Mothers and Newborns|by Bryant Furlow, New Mexico In Depth|August 22, 2020|ProPublica
One in every two Nigerians in the country’s labor force is either unemployed or underemployed.Nigeria’s unemployment rate has more than tripled in the last five years—and it will only get worse|Yomi Kazeem|August 14, 2020|Quartz
Depending who you ask, though, these labor savings don’t quite carry over to cost savings for the final consumer.These Sleek Houses Are 3D Printed, and They Fit in Your Backyard|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|August 13, 2020|Singularity Hub
They can be put to frequent use without requiring more paid labor hours, they are always compliant, and some can even provide the data to prove that they have scoured every inch assigned.This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 8)|Singularity Hub Staff|August 8, 2020|Singularity Hub
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.
Many more illegal migrants face labor trafficking in Europe as they flee the conflict regions of North Africa and the Middle East.
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
All over the world the just claims of organized labor are intermingled with the underground conspiracy of social revolution.
The blind Samson of labor will seize upon the pillars of society and bring them down in a common destruction.
The poverty of earlier days was the outcome of the insufficiency of human labor to meet the primal needs of human kind.
Beggars are not abundant; but women are required to labor quite extensively in the fields.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Labor, so it was argued, was perpetually being saved by the constant introduction of new uses of machinery.