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Definition of toil verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they toil
    he / she / it toils
    past simple toiled
    -ing form toiling
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  1. 1[intransitive] to work very hard and/or for a long time, usually doing hard physical work synonym slave away Hundreds of men toiled for years at building the pyramid. She toils tirelessly for various charities.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move slowly and with difficulty synonym slog They toiled up the hill in the blazing sun.
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