Synonyms of labour in English:

labour


See definition of labour

noun

1‘the aristocratic disdain for manual labour’

SYNONYMS

work, toil, employment, exertion, industry, industriousness, toiling, hard work, hard labour, drudgery, effort, the sweat of one's brow, donkey work, menial work

informal slog, grind, sweat, elbow grease

British informal graft

archaic travail, moil

ANTONYMS

rest, leisure, ease, idleness

2‘the conflict of interest between capital and labour’

SYNONYMS

workers, employees, workmen, workforce, staff, working people, blue-collar workers, hands, labourers, labour force, hired hands, proletariat, wage-earners, manpower, human resources, personnel

humorous liveware

ANTONYMS

management

3‘the labours of Hercules’

SYNONYMS

task, job, chore, undertaking, mission, commission, assignment

4‘Gina had a long and difficult labour’

SYNONYMS

childbirth, birth, birthing, delivery, nativity

contractions, labour pains, labour pangs, labour throes

technical parturition

archaic confinement, accouchement, lying-in, childbed, travail


verb

1‘a project on which he had laboured for many years’

SYNONYMS

toil, grub away, plod away, grind away, sweat away, struggle, strive, exert oneself, overwork, work one's fingers to the bone, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, work like a slave, keep one's nose to the grindstone

informal slog away, kill oneself, plug away, put one's back into something, peg away

British informal graft

archaic drudge, travail, moil

ANTONYMS

rest, relax, laze

2‘Newcastle laboured to break down the home team's defence’

SYNONYMS

strive, struggle, endeavour, work, try hard, make every effort, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can, give, give it one's all, give something one's all, go all out, fight, push, be at pains, put oneself out, apply oneself, exert oneself

informal bend over backwards, fall over backwards, lean over backwards, give it one's best shot, pull out all the stops

3‘enough has been said, and there is no need to labour the point’

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overemphasize, belabour, overstress, lay too much emphasis on, place too much emphasis on, overdo, strain, over-elaborate, overplay, attach too much importance to, attach too much weight to, make too much of, exaggerate, dwell on, expound on, expand

4‘Rex was labouring under a misapprehension’

SYNONYMS

suffer from, be a victim of, be burdened by, be overburdened by, be disadvantaged by, be under