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verb [intransitive] labor pronunciation in American English /ˈleɪbər/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelaboring
past tenselabored
past participlelabored
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  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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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