Meaning of division of labour in English:

division of labour

Pronunciation /dɪˌvɪʒ(ə)n əv ˈleɪbə/


  • The assignment of different parts of a manufacturing process or task to different people in order to improve efficiency.

    ‘The division of labor will allow for efficient innovation of new products once the basic needs of the local economy are met.’
    • ‘Smith famously used a pin factory to explain how specialised tasks under a division of labour massively increase productivity.’
    • ‘The scope for the division of labour and mutually profitable exchange steadily widened.’
    • ‘He defended free trade as necessary to the division of labor.’
    • ‘People are appointed to different jobs within a division of labour.’
    • ‘But in doing so they cut themselves off from the efficiencies created by the division of labour.’
    • ‘This is, in fact, a manifestation of the gains of trade and division of labor, and the growth of the market, and not vice versa.’
    • ‘No one is forced to join the specialized division of labor.’
    • ‘He applies his theory to real questions of property, law, organization and the division of labor.’
    • ‘Modern society, based as it is on the division of labor, can be preserved only under conditions of lasting peace.’