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labor
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labor(
lah
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bohr
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (toil)
a. work
La ONG ha llevado a cabo una labor humanitaria indispensable en África.The NGO has carried out indispensable humanitarian work in Africa.
b. labor
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Solo un 15% de la población se dedica a las labores agrícolas.Only 15% of the population do agricultural labor.
c. labour (United Kingdom)
La labor manual se está encareciendo porque cada vez hay menos oferta y más demanda.Manual labour is becoming more expensive because there's increasingly less offer and more demand.
2. (mission)
a. task
Debemos redefinir la labor de nuestro departamento acorde con los tiempos.We need to redefine our department's task in keeping with the times.
b. job
La labor del jefe de personal consiste en evitar que se produzcan ese tipo de conflictos.The personnel manager's job is to prevent such conflicts from happening.
3. (material that's being sewed)
a. needlework
Cuando el emisario del rey entró en la estancia, la reina puso a un lado su labor.When the king's emissary came into the room, the queen put her needlework aside.
b. sewing
¿Has acabado ya tu labor? - Solo me falta hacer el remate con hilo de otro color.Have you already finished your sewing? - I just have to put on the finishing touch on with a different color thread.
4. (material that's being knitted)
a. knitting
¿Has visto mi labor? - ¿Quieres decir esa bufanda que estás haciendo?Have you seen my knitting? - Do you mean that scarf that you're making?
5. (material that's being crocheted)
a. crochet
¿De quién es esa labor? - ¿La de la aguja de ganchillo blanca? Es mía, estoy haciendo una colcha.Whose crochet is that? - The one with the white crochet hook? It's mine. I'm making a bedspread.
6. (design stiched into cloth)
a. embroidery
La capa tiene una maravillosa labor en hilo plateado que representa un palacio y la luna.The cape has some wonderful embroidery in silver thread that represents a palace and the moon.
7. (tilling)
a. plowing
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Es indudable que los tractores facilitan mucho la labor.There's no doubt that tractors make plowing a lot easier.
b. ploughing (United Kingdom)
Antes la labor se hacía con dos bueyes y un arado.Before ploughing was done with two oxen and a plough.
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labor
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (trabajo)
a. work
2. (tarea)
a. task
hizo una buena labor al frente de la empresashe did a good job at the helm of the company
profesión: sus laboresoccupation: housewife
3. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
no estar por la labornot to be keen on the idea
labores domésticashousehold chores
labor de equipoteamwork
4. (de costura)
a. needlework
labor de encajelacemaking
labor de puntoknitting
5. (agriculture)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
casa de laborfarmhouse
tierra de laboragricultural land, arable land
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labor
1 (trabajo) labour; labor; (EEUU) work
profesión: sus labores (en censo, formulario) occupation: housewife
una labor job; task; piece of work
labor de chinos tedious job
labor de equipo teamwork
labores domésticas household chores
labor social work for a good cause; work in a good cause
Nos narra la historia de un abogado que, tras cometer una falta, es condenado por un juez a hacer una [labor social.]
2 (costura) sewing; needlework; (bordado) embroidery; (punto) knitting
una labor a piece of sewing
labor de aguja needlework
labor de ganchillo crochet; crocheting
labores de punto knitting
3 (Agr) (arada) ploughing; plowing; (EEUU) (cultivo) farm work; cultivation
4 labores (Minería) workings
5 (Centroamérica) (Caribe) (parcela) small farm; smallholding
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