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verb [intransitive] labour pronunciation in British English /ˈleɪbə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelabouring
past tenselaboured
past participlelaboured
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  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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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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