Synonyms of 'labour'
1 toilDictionary, effort, industry
the labour of seeding, planting and harvesting
Life continues to be a terrible grind for the ordinary person.
There is little to show for two years of hard slog.
panting from the exertion of climbing the stairs
the drudgery of everyday life
He did whatever he could to ease their travail.
a country where half the workforce is unemployed
3 workDictionary, effort, employment
Every man should receive a fair price for the product of his labour.
4 childbirthDictionary, birth, delivery
By the time she realised she was in labour, it was too late.
1 workDictionary, toil, strive
peasants labouring in the fields
My father worked hard all his life.
slaving over a hot stove
I will endeavour to rectify the situation.
slog away (informal)
peg along or away mainly British)
plug along or away (informal)
2 struggleDictionary, work, strain
For years he laboured to build a religious community.
They had to struggle against all kinds of adversity.
Several thousand supporters strained to catch a glimpse of the new president.
He strives hard to keep himself very fit.
go for it (informal)
He grappled desperately with Holmes for control of the weapon.
Boys toiled in the hot sun to finish the wall.
make an effort
make every effort
do your best
He never exerts himself for other people.
work like a Trojan
3 overemphasizeDictionary, stress, elaborate
I don't want to labour the point, but there it is.
Freud overemphasized the role of sexual motivation of behaviour.
He tends to exaggerate the importance of his job.
He overdid his usually quite funny vitriol.
go on about
make a production (out) of (informal)
make a federal case of (US , informal)
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When a baby is born, you refer to this event as his or her birth.
She weighed 5lb 7oz at birth.
Childbirth is the act of giving birth to a child.
My grandmother died in childbirth.
Thesaurus for labour from the Collins English Thesaurus
Labour is very hard work, usually physical work.