verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of labor
SYNONYMS FOR 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 ).
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