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labour

[ley-ber] /ˈleɪ bər/
noun, verb (used without object), verb (used with object), adjective, Chiefly British
1.
Related forms
antilabour, adjective
Usage note
See -or1.
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British Dictionary definitions for antilabour

labour

/ˈleɪbə/
noun
1.
productive work, esp physical toil done for wages
2.
  1. the people, class, or workers involved in this, esp in contrast to management, capital, etc
  2. (as modifier) a labour dispute, labour relations
3.
  1. difficult or arduous work or effort
  2. (in combination) labour-saving
4.
a particular job or task, esp of a difficult nature
5.
  1. the process or effort of childbirth or the time during which this takes place
  2. (as modifier) labour pains
6.
labour of love, something done for pleasure rather than gain
verb
7.
(intransitive) to perform labour; work
8.
(intransitive; foll by for, etc) to strive or work hard (for something)
9.
(intransitive) usually foll by under. to be burdened (by) or be at a disadvantage (because of) to labour under a misapprehension
10.
(intransitive) to make one's way with difficulty
11.
(transitive) to deal with or treat too persistently to labour a point
12.
(intransitive) (of a woman) to be in labour
13.
(intransitive) (of a ship) to pitch and toss
Derived Forms
labouringly, (US) laboringly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin labor; perhaps related to lābī to fall
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Word Origin and History for antilabour
labour
British spelling of labor (q.v.); for suffix, see -or. As short for "the British Labour Party" it is from 1906.
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