American English

Definition of labor verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (labour) verb
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they labor ()labours he / she / it labors ()labours past simple labored ()laboured -ing form laboring ()labouring
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  1. 1[intransitive] to try very hard to do something difficult labor (away) He was in his study laboring away over some old papers. labor to do something They labored for years to clear their son's name.
  2. work hard
  3. 2[intransitive] to do hard physical work We labored all day in the fields. (old-fashioned) the laboring classes (= the working class)
  4. move with difficulty
  5. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move with difficulty and effort synonym struggle The horses labored up the steep slope. With engine laboring, the car struggled up the hill.
  6. Idioms
    labor the point
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    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 labor the point.
    Phrasal Verbslabor under something