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After an unremitting and severe labour of two days, we returned to our old encampment with the loss of some of my horses, and my men excessively fatigued.
William Henry Ashley

Meaning of "labour" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LABOUR

Via Old French from Latin labor; perhaps related to lābī to fall.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LABOUR

labour  [ˈleɪbə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LABOUR

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Labour is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb labour in English.

WHAT DOES LABOUR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of labour in the English dictionary

The first definition of labour in the dictionary is productive work, esp physical toil done for wages. Other definition of labour is the people, class, or workers involved in this, esp in contrast to management, capital, etc. Labour is also difficult or arduous work or effort.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO LABOUR

PRESENT

Present
I labour
you labour
he/she/it labours
we labour
you labour
they labour
Present continuous
I am labouring
you are labouring
he/she/it is labouring
we are labouring
you are labouring
they are labouring
Present perfect
I have laboured
you have laboured
he/she/it has laboured
we have laboured
you have laboured
they have laboured
Present perfect continuous
I have been labouring
you have been labouring
he/she/it has been labouring
we have been labouring
you have been labouring
they have been labouring
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I laboured
you laboured
he/she/it laboured
we laboured
you laboured
they laboured
Past continuous
I was labouring
you were labouring
he/she/it was labouring
we were labouring
you were labouring
they were labouring
Past perfect
I had laboured
you had laboured
he/she/it had laboured
we had laboured
you had laboured
they had laboured
Past perfect continuous
I had been labouring
you had been labouring
he/she/it had been labouring
we had been labouring
you had been labouring
they had been labouring
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will labour
you will labour
he/she/it will labour
we will labour
you will labour
they will labour
Future continuous
I will be labouring
you will be labouring
he/she/it will be labouring
we will be labouring
you will be labouring
they will be labouring
Future perfect
I will have laboured
you will have laboured
he/she/it will have laboured
we will have laboured
you will have laboured
they will have laboured
Future perfect continuous
I will have been labouring
you will have been labouring
he/she/it will have been labouring
we will have been labouring
you will have been labouring
they will have been labouring
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would labour
you would labour
he/she/it would labour
we would labour
you would labour
they would labour
Conditional continuous
I would be labouring
you would be labouring
he/she/it would be labouring
we would be labouring
you would be labouring
they would be labouring
Conditional perfect
I would have labour
you would have labour
he/she/it would have labour
we would have labour
you would have labour
they would have labour
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been labouring
you would have been labouring
he/she/it would have been labouring
we would have been labouring
you would have been labouring
they would have been labouring
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you labour
we let´s labour
you labour
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to labour
Past participle
laboured
Present Participle
labouring
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LABOUR


antilabor
ˌæntɪˈleɪbə
belabour
bɪˈleɪbə
caber
ˈkeɪbə
ceiba
ˈseɪbə
kebar
ˈkeɪbə
labor
ˈleɪbə
labours
ˈleɪbə
Makeba
məˈkeɪbə
neighbor
ˈneɪbə
neighbour
ˈneɪbə
nonlabor
ˌnɒnˈleɪbə
overlabor
ˌəʊvəˈleɪbə
overlabour
ˌəʊvəˈleɪbə
prolabor
prəʊˈleɪbə
saber
ˈseɪbə
sabre
ˈseɪbə
tabor
ˈteɪbə
tabour
ˈteɪbə
weber
ˈveɪbə
zeitgeber
ˈtsaɪtˌɡeɪbə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LABOUR

laborist
labour agreement
Labour and Socialist International
labour camp
labour charges
labour costs
Labour Day
labour exchange
labour force
labour law
labour market
Labour movement
labour of love
labour pains
Labour Party
labour relations
labour shortage
labour supply
labour unrest
labour ward

WORDS THAT END LIKE LABOUR

aesthetic labour
bonded labour
casual labour
child labour
direct labour
division of labour
emotional labour
forced labour
free labour
harbour
hard labour
immigrant labour
indirect labour
lump labour
manual labour
New Labour
organized labour
skilled labour
slave labour
sweated labour

Synonyms and antonyms of labour in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LABOUR»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «labour» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of labour

Translation of «labour» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LABOUR

Find out the translation of labour to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of labour from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «labour» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

劳动
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

mano de obra
570 millions of speakers

English

labour
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

श्रम
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عَمَلٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

труд
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

mão-de-obra
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শ্রম
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

travail
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Buruh
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Arbeit
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

労働
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

노동
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pegaweyan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lao động
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தொழிலாளர்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

श्रम
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

emek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

lavoro
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

praca
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

праця
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

muncă fizică
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μόχθος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

arbeid
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

arbete
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

arbeid
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of labour

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LABOUR»

The term «labour» is very widely used and occupies the 8.788 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of labour
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «labour».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LABOUR» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «labour» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «labour» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about labour

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «LABOUR»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word labour.
1
Shmuel Yosef Agnon
At the age of nineteen and a half, I went to the Land of Israel to till its soil and live by the labour of my hands. As I did not find work, I sought my livelihood elsewhere.
2
Barbara Amiel
Dictatorships do cut down on rape, and pillage, not to mention sexual harassment, by the simple expedient of sending people to labour camps for life or cutting off their hands without a trial.
3
Clive Anderson
The labour Party has lost the last four elections. If they lose another, they get to keep the liberal party.
4
William Henry Ashley
After an unremitting and severe labour of two days, we returned to our old encampment with the loss of some of my horses, and my men excessively fatigued.
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Charles Babbage
At each increase of knowledge, as well as on the contrivance of every new tool, human labour becomes abridged.
6
Julian Baggini
Daily life is better when it involves interactions with real people who have a personal investment in their labour, like shopkeepers, than it is with someone 'just doing my job' or the infernal self-checkout machine.
7
James Beattie
From labour health, from health contentment spring; contentment opes the source of every joy.
8
Sarah Bernhardt
Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labour, always inspired by the ideal.
9
Jacqueline Bisset
I love being in my garden. I don't plant a lot of exotic flora, but I do spend a lot of time outside doing manual labour.
10
John Burns
Judge men less by the labels they wear than by their persistent labour for sure if slow progress.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LABOUR»

Discover the use of labour in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to labour and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Perspectives on Labour Law
An accessible but thought-provoking introduction to labour law.
Anne C. L. Davies, 2004
2
Combating Child Labour
Analysis of the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes in a variety of industrial, socio-economic and political contexts.
Assefa Bekele, Jo Boyden, 1988
3
Annotated Bibliography on Child Labour
The aim of this bibliography on child labour was to assemble the best of the rapidly increasing literature and research material in recent years and make it accessible.
‎2003
4
New Labour, New Language?
Written in a clear style and including a comprehensive glossary, "The Language of New Labour" should appeal to anyone interested in language or politics.
Norman Fairclough, 2000
5
The Labour Governments 1964-70: Labour and cultural change
This book is the first in the new series The Labour governments, 1964-70 and concentrates on Britain's domestic policy during Harold Wilson's tenure as Prime Minister.
Steven Fielding, John W. Young, 2004
6
New Labour in Power
A systematic and comprehensive study of the early performance of New Labour in power.
David Coates, Peter Augustine Lawler, 2000
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The Idea of Labour Law
Responding to such fundamental questions as: What is labour law for? How can it be justified? And on what should reforms be based? this book challenges the way we think about labour law.
Guy Davidov, Brian Langille, 2011
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Child Labour in South Asia
This volume aims to shed light on the debate over child labor in the era of globalization by documenting the experience of Asian developing countries which have experienced rapid income and export growth.
Gamini Herath, Kishor Sharma, 2007
9
Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution
This is a unique account of working-class childhood during the British industrial revolution, first published in 2010.
Jane Humphries, 2010
10
Key Indicators of the Labour Market
The volume employs an expanded, up-to-date range of 20 key labour market indicators allowing researchers to compare and contrast between economies and within regions across time.
International Labour Office, 2003

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LABOUR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term labour is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Police investigating claims of child sex abuse against a senior …
Allegations by a Conservative MP who requested anonymity include that the Labour MP had abused children over course of 10 years. «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
Labour rivals clash over spending and welfare in BBC debate - BBC …
Labour's four leadership contenders have clashed over public spending, welfare cuts and what they would do to make the party electable. «BBC News, Jul 15»
3
Labour should lead way on constitution, says Baker - The Scotsman
Former MSP and current MEP and Scottish Labour deputy leader candidate, Richard Baker. Picture: Contributed ... «Scotsman, Jul 15»
4
Labour's gamble doesn't pay off in polls
Labour's gamble in using real estate data to highlight Chinese property buyers in Auckland has so far not paid off in the polls - the party has ... «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
5
The risk for Labour is permanent irrelevance | Patrick Diamond …
The party no longer knows what it is for or what it should be aiming to achieve. A new leader must tackle this head-on. UK Labour Party ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
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We in Labour can't afford to spend any time licking our wounds …
Who should lead Labour? Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith says it should be Andy Burnham. If the actions of the Tories over the last few ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
7
Labour leadership: Liz Kendall left furious after being asked …
Liz Kendall has been left furious after being asked an 'unbelievable' question about her weight. The Labour leadership contender was quizzed ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Labour will move to return Scots VAT to Holyrood - The Scotsman
Scotland on Sunday has learned that Labour's shadow Scottish Secretary, Ian Murray, has drawn up an amendment to the Scotland Bill which ... «Scotsman, Jul 15»
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Labour: Public confidence in Police Scotland 'unravelling' - Telegraph
Public confidence in Police Scotland is “unravelling” following the deaths of a couple who lay in a crashed car for three days, Labour has said ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Labour candidates split on strictly | Daily Mail Online
Labour's leadership hopefuls united in their backing for the BBC - but admitted contrasting feelings over one of its greatest exports, Strictly ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»

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