noun, verb (used with or without object), adjective Chiefly British.
Related formsan·ti·la·bour, adjective
Definition for labour (2 of 2)
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 labour
They were finally accepted by a Labour Home Secretary, Roy Jenkins, in 1967.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A senior Labour Party MP scoffed at what he suggested was faulty logic.
You take away Scotland, you take a major base of Labour strength.
So a Scottish secession need not prevent Labour from winning in a reduced UK.
However: The historical record does not, it should be said, support the cataclysmic conclusion that Labour could never win again.
More than any other it represents difficulties mastered, resources combined, labour, courage and patience.Italian Hours|Henry James
When you thus understand well the nature of the covenant, labour to understand the special reasons of it.A Christian Directory|Baxter Richard
There was an end of all his peace, all his capacity for labour, his patient endurance of penury.New Grub Street|George Gissing
Even so artificial a writer as Wilde had not to labour to be witty.The Art of Letters|Robert Lynd
For what is the reason that most commodities are held at such excessive rates, but because labour is so very dear?No Cross, No Crown|William Penn
British Dictionary definitions for labour (1 of 2)
- the people, class, or workers involved in this, esp in contrast to management, capital, etc
- (as modifier)a labour dispute; labour relations
- difficult or arduous work or effort
- (in combination)labour-saving
- the process or effort of childbirth or the time during which this takes place
- (as modifier)labour pains