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verb [intransitive] labor pronunciation in American English /ˈleɪbər/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelaboring
past tenselabored
past participlelabored
  1. 1
    to work hard, especially physically

    Five generations of his family have labored as fishermen.

    1. a.
      to put a lot of effort into achieving something
      labor over:

      At midnight, she was still laboring over the accounts.

      labor to do something:

      He labored to make them understand his reasons.

  2. 2
    to move very slowly and with difficulty

    He labored up the stairs with his bags of groceries.


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