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  1. [noun] productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
    Synonyms: labour, toil

  2. [noun] a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"
    Synonyms: labour, working class, proletariat

  3. [noun] concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
    Synonyms: parturiency, labour, confinement, lying-in, travail, childbed

  4. [noun] an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action especially via labor unions (especially the leaders of this movement)
    Synonyms: movement, trade union movement

  5. [noun] a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries
    Synonyms: Labour Party, Labour, Labor Party, Labor

  6. [noun] the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
    Synonyms: Department of Labor, Labor Department, Labor, DoL

  7. [noun] any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
    Synonyms: undertaking, project, task

  8. [verb] strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She 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"
    Synonyms: tug, labour, push, drive

  9. [verb] work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"
    Synonyms: labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil

  10. [verb] undergo the efforts of childbirth
    Synonyms: labour


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