The definition of belabor means to explain or work at something for longer than is necessary.
An example of belabor is to spend the entire night proofreading a two page paper.
- to beat severely; hit or whip
- to attack with words; scold
- to spend too much time and effort on; develop in too great detail: to belabor the issue
transitive verbbe·la·bored, be·la·bor·ing, be·la·bors
- To talk or write about at length or excessively; harp on: Don't belabor the point.
- To assail verbally: “He … belabored the new president for speedy military action against secession” ( William Marvel )
- To attack with blows; hit, beat, or whip.
(third-person singular simple present belabors, present participle belaboring, simple past and past participle belabored)
- US spelling of belabour.