Synonyms of labour
1 toilDictionary • the labour of seeding, planting and harvesting
grind (informal) • Life continues to be a terrible grind for the ordinary person.
slog (informal) • There is little to show for two years of hard slog.
exertion • panting from the exertion of climbing the stairs
drudgery • the drudgery of everyday life
travail • He did whatever he could to ease their travail.
2 workers • The country lacked skilled labour.
workforce • a country where half the workforce is unemployed
3 workDictionary • Every man should receive a fair price for the product of his labour.
work • This needs time and a lot of hard work.
effort • A great deal of effort had been put into the planning.
employment • She was unable to find employment in the area.
toil • It is only toil which gives meaning to things.
industry • No one doubted his industry or his integrity.
4 childbirthDictionary • By the time she realised she was in labour, it was too late.
childbirth • My grandmother died in childbirth.
birth • She weighed 5lb 7oz at birth.
delivery • She had an easy delivery.
1 workDictionary • peasants labouring in the fields
work • My father worked hard all his life.
slave • slaving over a hot stove
endeavour • I will endeavour to rectify the situation.
slog away (informal)
peg along or away mainly British)
plug along or away (informal)
2 struggleDictionary • For years he laboured to build a religious community.
struggle • They had to struggle against all kinds of adversity.
strain • Several thousand supporters strained to catch a glimpse of the new president.
strive • He strives hard to keep himself very fit.
go for it (informal)
grapple • He grappled desperately with Holmes for control of the weapon.
toil • Boys toiled in the hot sun to finish the wall.
make an effort
make every effort
do your best
exert yourself • He never exerts himself for other people.
work like a Trojan
3 overemphasizeDictionary • I don't want to labour the point, but there it is.
overemphasize • Freud overemphasized the role of sexual motivation of behaviour.
exaggerate • He tends to exaggerate the importance of his job.
overdo • He overdid his usually quite funny vitriol.
go on about
make a production (out) of (informal)
make a federal case of (US, informal)
4 be disadvantaged by • She laboured under the illusion that I knew what I was doing. usually with under
be disadvantaged by
be a victim of
be burdened by
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birthWhen a baby is born, you refer to this event as his or her birth.
• She weighed 5lb 7oz at birth.
childbirthChildbirth is the act of giving birth to a child.
• My grandmother died in childbirth.
choreA chore is a task that you must do but that you find unpleasant or boring.
• I find gardening a real chore.
Thesaurus for labour from the Collins English Thesaurus
productive work, esp physical toil done for wages
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