labor


labor
noun
1. a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages (Freq. 20)
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there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field

Syn: ↑labour, ↑working class, ↑proletariat
Derivationally related forms: ↑proletarian (for: ↑proletariat)
Hypernyms: ↑class, ↑stratum, ↑social class, ↑socio-economic class
Member Meronyms: ↑proletarian, ↑prole, ↑worker
2. productive work (especially physical work done for wages) (Freq. 20)
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his labor did not require a great deal of skill

Syn: ↑labour, ↑toil
Derivationally related forms: ↑toil (for: ↑toil), ↑labour (for: ↑labour), ↑laborious
Hypernyms: ↑work
Hyponyms:
3. concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
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she was in labor for six hours

Syn: ↑parturiency, ↑labour, ↑confinement, ↑lying-in, ↑travail, ↑childbed
Derivationally related forms: ↑labour (for: ↑labour), ↑parturient (for: ↑parturiency)
Hypernyms: ↑parturition, ↑birth, ↑giving birth, ↑birthing
Hyponyms: ↑premature labor, ↑premature labour
Part Holonyms: ↑pregnancy, ↑gestation, ↑maternity
Part Meronyms: ↑uterine contraction, ↑effacement, ↑asynclitism, ↑obliquity
4. an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement
Hypernyms: ↑reform movement
Part Meronyms: ↑union, ↑labor union, ↑trade union, ↑trades union, ↑brotherhood
5. any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
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he prepared for great undertakings

Syn: ↑undertaking, ↑project, ↑task
Derivationally related forms: ↑task (for: ↑task), ↑project (for: ↑project), ↑undertake (for: ↑undertaking)
Hypernyms: ↑work
Hyponyms:
Instance Hyponyms: ↑Manhattan Project
verb
1. strive and make an effort to reach a goal (Freq. 5)
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She tugged for years to make a decent living

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We have to push a little to make the deadline!

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She is driving away at her doctoral thesis

Syn: ↑tug, ↑labour, ↑push, ↑drive
See Also: ↑push on (for: ↑push)
Derivationally related forms: ↑drive (for: ↑drive), ↑push (for: ↑push), ↑labour (for: ↑labour), ↑laborer
Hypernyms: ↑fight, ↑struggle
Hyponyms: ↑strive, ↑reach, ↑strain
Verb Group: ↑push, ↑bear on
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s to INFINITIVE

2. work hard (Freq. 1)
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She was digging away at her math homework

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Lexicographers drudge all day long

Syn:
labour, ↑toil, ↑fag, ↑travail, ↑grind, ↑drudge, ↑dig, ↑moil
Derivationally related forms:
drudge (for: ↑drudge), ↑drudgery (for: ↑drudge), ↑grind (for: ↑grind), ↑travail (for: ↑travail), ↑toiler (for: ↑toil), ↑toil (for: ↑toil), ↑labour (for: ↑labour), ↑labourer (for: ↑labour), ↑laborer
Hypernyms: ↑work, ↑do work
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

3. undergo the efforts of childbirth
Syn: ↑labour
Derivationally related forms: ↑labour (for: ↑labour)
Hypernyms: ↑undergo
Entailment: ↑give birth, ↑deliver, ↑bear, ↑birth, ↑have
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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labor AW [labor labors labored laboring] ; (especially US)
= labour

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labor
see labour.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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