verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- labor and socialist international,
- labor camp,
- labor day,
- labor force,
- labor market
Origin of labor
Examples from the Web for laboring
Rescue workers had been laboring at ground zero every hour since the disaster.
Bartilla is laboring with an immediate crisis with basic services.
Ruettiger struggled to even get admitted to Notre Dame, laboring through junior college where he was diagnosed as dyslexic.7 Great Football Flicks From Horse Feathers to Friday Night Lights|The Daily Beast|January 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The U.S. military, meanwhile, it seemed to me was laboring under an entirely different misapprehension.
He appointed a Jewish American as consul to Bucharest “for the benefit of the people who are laboring under severe oppression.”What Happened When General Grant Expelled Civil War Jews|Marc Wortman|March 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Some consideration was certainly due him for the shock he must be laboring under.The Woman in the Alcove|Anna Katharine Green
We have been laboring for years to obtain scientific freedom, freedom in teaching, freedom in learning, freedom in expression.
She was very pale, and her dark eyes were gleaming as though she were laboring under strong mental excitement.A Country Sweetheart|Dora Russell
In the engine room Washington was laboring to keep the machine at top speed.Under the Ocean to the South Pole|Roy Rockwood
For two hundred years had men been laboring to curb and tame it.Luther and the Reformation:|Joseph A. Seiss
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.