/ˈleɪbə / (say 'laybuh)

1. bodily toil for the sake of gain or economic production.
2. the workers or class of workers engaged in this.
3. work, especially of a hard or fatiguing kind.
4. a work or task done or to be done: the twelve labours of Hercules.
5. the uterine contractions associated with childbirth.
6. the time during which the uterine contractions associated with childbirth occur.
verb (i)
7. to perform labour; exert one's powers of body or mind; work; toil.
8. (sometimes followed by for) to work; strive, as towards a goal.
9. to be burdened, troubled, or distressed: you are labouring under a misapprehension.
10. to be in travail or childbirth.
11. to roll or pitch heavily, as a ship.
verb (t)
12. to work hard and long at; elaborate: don't labour the point.
13. Archaic or Poetic to work or till (soil, etc.).
14. favourable to progress and social reform, especially in the interests of workers in their trade and political affiliations.
15. Australian History relating to country settlements established to provide rural work for the unemployed: labour settlement.
Also, labor. {Middle English, from Old French, from Latin labor toil, distress}
labouring, adjective
labouring, noun
labouringly, adverb
Usage: For spelling variation see -our.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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