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English noun: labour

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

SamplesThere is a shortage of skilled labor in this field.

Synonymslabor, 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. labour (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, labor, 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

3. Labour (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, Labor, Labour Party

Broader (hypernym)labor party, labour party

Member holonymLabourite

4. labour (act) productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

SamplesHis labor did not require a great deal of skill.

Synonymslabor, 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

English verb: labour

1. labour (social) work hard

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

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

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

Broader (hypernym)do work, work

2. labour (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, labor, push, tug

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)reach, strain, strive

Verb groupbear on, push

3. labour (body) undergo the efforts of childbirth


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)undergo

Entailbear, birth, deliver, give birth, have

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