A label is something that provides information about a product.
- The label on the bottle of medicine is hard to read.
- Can you read this label for me, please?
- What does the label say?
- You have to read the label to know what’s inside the product.
- Do you read the nutrition label before making a purchase?
- In the United States, all food products have to have a nutrition label.
Sometimes this word is used as a verb:
- The company hasn’t labeled the product yet.
- This jar was labeled incorrectly.
- The student was labeled as having an attention deficit disorder.
Most people reject the idea of having a label placed on them, but it’s something that is done when a person is in a situation that is outside the norm or different from the status quo*:
- Sandra doesn’t like being labeled as a "cancer survivor."
- Religious people hate to hear their own religion labeled in any way that is negative.
- Henry rejected the label that was given to him by the other kids at school.
- It’s not polite to label other people.
*status quo: an existing situation; a condition that is regarded as regular.
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September 12, 2013