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verb [intransitive] labour pronunciation in British English /ˈleɪbə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelabouring
past tenselaboured
past participlelaboured
  1. 1
    formal to work hard, especially physically

    Five generations of his family have laboured as fishermen.

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

      At midnight she was still labouring over the accounts.

      labour to do something:

      He laboured to make them understand his French.

  2. 2
    to move very slowly and with difficulty

    He laboured up the stairs with his bag of groceries.

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