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



    (especially US English labor) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbər//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they labour
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbər//
    he / she / it labours
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbərz//
    past simple laboured
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbərd//
    past participle laboured
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbərd//
    -ing form labouring
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbərɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive] to try very hard to do something difficult labour (away) He was in his study labouring away over some old papers. labour to do something They laboured for years to clear their son's name.
  2. work hard
  3. 2[intransitive] to do hard physical work We laboured all day in the fields. (old-fashioned) the labouring classes (= the working class)
  4. move with difficulty
  5. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move with difficulty and effort synonym struggle The horses laboured up the steep slope. With engine labouring, the car struggled up the hill.
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French labour (noun), labourer (verb), both from Latin labor ‘toil, trouble’.Idioms to continue to repeat or explain something that has already been said and understood I understand what you’re saying—there’s no need to labour the point. Phrasal Verbslabour under something