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labor
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This word may also be spelled “labour.”
labor(
ley
-
buhr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (productive work)
a. el trabajo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It will take a great deal of labor to get the building built on time.Se necesitará una gran cantidad de trabajo para terminar de construir el edificio a tiempo.
2. (task)
a. la labor
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Parenting is a labor full of rich rewards.Criar hijos es una labor llena de recompensas.
b. la tarea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She says rescuing stray dogs is a labor of love.Dice que rescatar a los perros callejeros es una tarea realizada con amor.
c. el trabajo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Part of their labor was to build a prison on the island.Parte de su trabajo consistía en construir una prisión en la isla.
3. (workforce)
a. la mano de obra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The company is mainly interested in hiring cheap labor.La empresa principalmente busca contratar mano de obra barata.
b. los trabajadores
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Companies can't find enough skilled labor to fill jobs.Las empresas no pueden encontrar suficientes trabajadores capacitados para cubrir los puestos de trabajo.
4. (birth)
a. el parto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She went into labor three hours ago.Se puso de parto hace tres horas.
b. el trabajo de parto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Before "true" labor begins, you may have "false" labor pains.Antes de que se inicie el "verdadero" trabajo de parto, puedes tener "falsos" dolores de parto.
5. (effort)
a. el esfuerzo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It will be difficult, but with enough labor we can get it done.Será difícil, pero con suficiente esfuerzo lo haremos.
b. el trabajo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It takes a lot of labor to clean the school cafeteria after the children have eaten.Se requiere de mucho trabajo para limpiar la cafetería de la escuela después de que los niños hayan comido.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to work)
a. trabajar
Jeremy labored over his album for five years and now he's finally ready to release it to the public.Jeremy trabajó cinco años en su álbum y por fin está listo para lanzarlo.
b. luchar
We'd like to recognize all those who have labored for the cause of clean drinking water.Nos gustaría reconocer a todos aquellos que han luchado por la causa del agua potable limpia.
7. (to struggle)
a. subir con dificultad
Berta labored up the mountain with her pack on her back.Berta subió la montaña con dificultad cargando su mochila.
b. moverse con dificultad
The truck labored under the weight of its heavy cargo.El camión se movía con dificultad bajo el peso de su carga.
c. bambolearse
The ship labored through a gale with a single storm sail.El barco se bamboleaba en el vendaval llevando solo el tormentín.
8. (to have a false notion; used with "under")
a. creerse
My aunt labored under the idea that I was perpetually four years old.Mi tía se creía que yo siempre tendría cuatro años de edad.
b. engañarse pensando
We labored under the belief that natural resources were limitless.Nos engañamos pensando que los recursos naturales eran ilimitados.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (to belabor)
a. insistir
He labored his argument to death.Insistió en su argumento hasta la muerte.
b. extenderse
He labored the point until everybody understood.Se extendió sobre la cuestión hasta que todos entendieron.
c. repetir
The teacher labored the concept every day until her class finally learned it.La maestra repitió el concepto todos los días hasta que su clase por fin lo aprendió.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
10. (related to labor)
a. laboral
The orchestra canceled their concert over a labor dispute.La orquesta canceló el concierto por una disputa laboral.
11. (related to a union)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. sindical
Dolores Huerta was an influential labor leader in California.Dolores Huerta fue una líder sindical influyente en California.
12. (related to workers)
a. obrero
He said that if his opponent becomes president, he will decimate the labor movement.Dijo que si su oponente llega a ser presidente, va a diezmar al movimiento obrero.
13. (related to the Labour Party) (United Kingdom)
a. laborista (candidate, party)
The Labour candidate is building a coalition to become prime minister.El candidato laborista está formando una coalición para convertirse en primer ministro.
Labor
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
14. (political party) (United Kingdom)
a. el Partido Laborista
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Labour formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats.El Partido Laborista formó una coalición con los Demócratas Liberales.
b. los laboristas
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Labour went left in response to the demands of the people.Los laboristas se corrieron hacia la izquierda como respuesta a las demandas de la gente.
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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. (work)
a. el trabajo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
labor campcampo de trabajo
2. (workers)
a. el mano de obra, trabajadores
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
labor costscostos or
labor disputeconflicto laboral
labor forcemano de obra
labor marketmercado laboral or de trabajo
labor shortageescasez de mano de obra
3. (politics) (United Kingdom)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Labor,, the Labor, Partyel partido laborista
4. (task)
a. la esfuerzo m, tarea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
a labor of loveun trabajo hecho por amor al arte
5. (childbirth)
a. el parto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
to be in laborestar de parto
labor painsdolores del parto
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to labor a pointrepetir lo mismo una y otra vez
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (person)
a. trabajar afanosamente
to labor in vaintrabajar en vano
to be laboring under a misapprehension/a delusiontener un malentendido/una falsa ilusión
8. (engine)
a. funcionar con dificultad
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labor [ˈleɪbəʳ] (US)
noun
transitive verb
intransitive verb
modifier
Labor Day (n) Día (m) del Trabajo or de los Trabajadores
El Labor Day (Día del Trabajo or de los Trabajadores) es una festividad nacional en honor al trabajo, que se celebra en Estados Unidos y en Canadá el primer lunes de septiembre. Fue instaurada en 1894 por el Congreso de los Estados Unidos, después de que los trabajadores la solicitaran durante más de doce años. En la actualidad, ya sin las connotaciones políticas de sus orígenes y coincidiendo con el final del verano y con el principio del curso escolar, se celebran desfiles, mítines y comidas campestres.
labor union (n) sindicato (m)
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labor
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labor(
lah
-
bohr
)
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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