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English noun: labor

1. labor (group) a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages


SamplesThere is a shortage of skilled labor in this field.


Synonymslabour, proletariat, working class


Broader (hypernym)class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum


Narrower (hyponym)labor force, labor pool, lumpenproletariat, organized labor


Member holonymprole, proletarian, worker

2. labor (act) productive work (especially physical work done for wages)


SamplesHis labor did not require a great deal of skill.


Synonymslabour, toil


Broader (hypernym)work


Narrower (hyponym)corvee, donkeywork, drudgery, effort, elbow grease, exertion, grind, hackwork, haymaking, hunt, hunting, manual labor, manual labour, overwork, overworking, plodding, roping, slavery, sweat, travail

3. labor (state) concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child


SamplesShe was in labor for six hours.


Synonymschildbed, confinement, labour, lying-in, parturiency, travail


Broader (hypernym)birth, birthing, giving birth, parturition


Narrower (hyponym)premature labor, premature labour


Part holonymasynclitism, effacement, obliquity, uterine contraction


Part meronymgestation, maternity, pregnancy

4. labor (group) an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement


Synonymslabor movement, trade union movement


Broader (hypernym)reform movement


Narrower (hyponym)I.W.W., Industrial Workers of the World, IWW, trade unionism, unionism


Part holonymbrotherhood, labor union, trade union, trades union, union

5. Labor (group) a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries


SynonymsBritish Labour Party, Labour, Labour Party


Broader (hypernym)labor party, labour party


Member holonymLabourite

6. Labor (group) the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913


SynonymsDepartment of Labor, DoL, Labor Department


Broader (hypernym)executive department


Part holonymOccupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA

7. labor (act) any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted


SamplesHe prepared for great undertakings.


Synonymsproject, task, undertaking


Broader (hypernym)work


Narrower (hyponym)adventure, assignment, baby, breeze, child's play, cinch, dangerous undertaking, duck soup, endeavor, endeavour, endurance contest, enterprise, escapade, labor of love, labour of love, large order, marathon, no-brainer, picnic, piece of cake, proposition, pushover, risky venture, snap, tall order, venture, walkover


Instance hyponymManhattan Project


English verb: labor

1. labor (social) strive and make an effort to reach a goal


SamplesShe tugged for years to make a decent living.
We have to push a little to make the deadline!.
She is driving away at her doctoral thesis.


Synonymsdrive, labour, push, tug


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)fight, struggle


Narrower (hyponym)reach, strain, strive


Verb groupbear on, push

2. labor (social) work hard


SamplesShe was digging away at her math homework.
Lexicographers drudge all day long.


Synonymsdig, drudge, fag, grind, labour, moil, toil, travail


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)do work, work

3. labor (body) undergo the efforts of childbirth


Synonymslabour


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)undergo


Entailbear, birth, deliver, give birth, have









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