Definition of label verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    label

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbl//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they label
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbl//
     
    he / she / it labels
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪblz//
     
    past simple labelled
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbld//
     
    past participle labelled
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbld//
     
    (especially US English) past simple labeled
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbld//
     
    (especially US English) past participle labeled
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbld//
     
    -ing form labelling
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪblɪŋ//
     
    (especially US English) -ing form labeling
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  label something to fix a label on something or write information on something We carefully labelled each item with the contents and the date. The file was labelled ‘Private’.
  2. 2to describe somebody/something in a particular way, especially unfairly label somebody/something as something | label somebody/something + noun He was labelled (as) a traitor by his former colleagues. label somebody/something + adj. It is unfair to label a small baby naughty. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (denoting a narrow strip): from Old French, ‘ribbon’.Extra examples It would be easy to label the boys as troublemakers. She had automatically labelled the boys as troublemakers. She was falsely labelled/​labeled a liar. She was wrongly labelled a liar. Some of the plants were wrongly labelled. The samples were all labelled with a date and place of origin. a pile of small plastic bags, each carefully labelled/​labeled. Every box needs to be labelled before it goes into storage. Make sure that all your luggage is clearly labelled.
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