labour


labour
(BrE) (AmE labor) noun
1 work
ADJECTIVE
manual, physical
back-breaking, forced, hard

He was sentenced to four years hard labour for his crime.

productive, unproductive
unpaid
VERB + LABOUR/LABOR
withdraw

The miners are threatening to withdraw their labour.

LABOUR/LABOR + NOUN
productivity
camp

Dissidents were forced to work in labour camps.

2 workers
ADJECTIVE
free, organized
wage
cheap, low-cost
casual, day (AmE)
skilled, unskilled
illegal
foreign, immigrant, migrant
child, slave

It is now thought that the Pyramids were not built using slave labour.

prison
farm
sweatshop
LABOUR/LABOR + NOUN
force

the size of the labour force

market, pool, supply

an increasingly competitive labour market

shortage
cost, costs
movement

tensions between the labour movement and government

organization
activist, leader
relations
dispute
law
3 giving birth
ADJECTIVE
difficult, easy
long, short

The baby was born after a long labour.

preterm

women at risk of preterm labour

VERB + LABOUR/LABOR
go into

She went into labour two weeks early.

induce

Labour was induced when the baby was ten days overdue.

LABOUR/LABOR + NOUN
room, ward (BrE)
pains
PREPOSITION
in labour

She was in labour for ten hours.

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Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • labour — [ labur ] n. m. • 1180; de labourer 1 ♦ Travail de labourage, façon donnée à une terre pour la retourner et l ameublir. ⇒ labourage. Labour à bras (à la bêche, à la houe). Labour à la charrue, au tracteur. Labours superficiels ou légers. Labours… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • labour — la‧bour [ˈleɪbə ǁ ər] , labor noun [uncountable] 1. work involving a lot of physical or mental effort: • The garage charges £65 an hour for labour. • those involved in repetitive, unskilled manual labour (= work that involves using your …   Financial and business terms

  • labour — (US & Austral. labor) ► NOUN 1) work, especially hard physical work. 2) workers collectively. 3) (Labour) the Labour Party. 4) the process of childbirth. ► VERB 1) work hard …   English terms dictionary

  • labour — Labour, ou labourage, Cultus agrorum, Agricultura, Aratio, Agricolatio. Qui est en labour, Ager cultus et nitidus. B. Labour de terre, Molitio agrorum. Entretenir le labour, Tenere studia agri colendi. Qui se cognoist au labour, Prudens… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • labour — Labour. s. m. La façon qu on donne aux terres en les labourant. Il faut donner deux labours à cette terre. on luy a donné tant pour son labour. il luy faut payer ses labours & semences. On appelle, Chevaux de labour, Les chevaux dont on se sert… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • labour — British English spelling of LABOR (Cf. labor) (q.v.); for spelling, see OR (Cf. or). As short for the British Labour Party it is from 1906 …   Etymology dictionary

  • labour — la bour, n. Same as {labor}; British spelling. [Chiefly Brit.] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Labour — (spr. Labuhr), ehemalige Landschaft im südwestlichen Frankreich, Theil der Gascogne; Hauptstadt war Bayonne …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Labour — er det engelske arbejderparti …   Danske encyklopædi

  • labour — is the standard spelling in BrE, whereas labor is the standard form in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • labour — [lā′bər] n., vi., vt. Brit. sp. of LABOR …   English World dictionary


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