labor Definition

  • 1work, especially physical work
  • 2workers, especially manual workers, considered collectively
  • 3the process of giving birth

Using labor: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "labor" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The labor required to build the house was immense.

  • Example

    The labor union is negotiating with the management for better wages.

  • Example

    The country's labor force has been severely impacted by the pandemic.

  • Example

    She went into labor in the middle of the night.

labor Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for labor

Idioms Using labor

  • be in the process of giving birth


    She was in labor for several hours before the baby was born.

  • enjoy the benefits of one's hard work


    After years of hard work, he finally bore the fruits of his labor and became successful.

  • hold a mistaken belief about something


    He was laboring under the misapprehension that he had won the lottery.

Phrases with labor

  • physical work done by hand


    He had to do a lot of manual labor to finish the project.

  • the use of children in industry or business, especially when illegal or considered inhumane


    The company was accused of using child labor in its factories.

  • work done for pleasure rather than reward


    She spent years restoring the old house as a labor of love.

Origins of labor

from Old French 'labour'


Summary: labor in Brief

The term 'labor' [ˈleɪbər] refers to physical work, manual workers, and the process of giving birth. It can be used to describe the effort put into building something, as well as the workforce that performs it, as in 'The country's labor force has been severely impacted by the pandemic.' 'Labor' also extends into phrases like 'manual labor,' and idioms like 'bear the fruits of one's labor,' denoting the benefits of hard work.

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