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noun \ˈāj\

Simple Definition of age

  • : the amount of time during which a person or animal has lived

  • : the amount of time during which a thing has existed

  • : the time of life when a person does something or becomes legally able to do something

Full Definition of age

  1. 1 a :  the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises or rests <the voting age is 18>; specifically :  majority b :  one of the stages of life c :  the length of an existence extending from the beginning to any given time <a boy 10 years of age> d :  lifetime e :  an advanced stage of life

  2. 2 :  a period of time dominated by a central figure or prominent feature <the age of Pericles>: as a :  a period in history or human progress <the age of reptiles> <the age of exploration> b :  a cultural period marked by the prominence of a particular item <entering the atomic age> c :  a division of geologic time that is usually shorter than an epoch

  3. 3 a :  the period contemporary with a person's lifetime or with his or her active life b :  a long time —usually used in plural <haven't seen him in ages> c :  generation

  4. 4 :  an individual's development measured in terms of the years requisite for like development of an average individual

Examples of age

  1. Some people are reluctant to reveal their ages.

  2. She died tragically at a young age.

  3. The treatment depends on the sex and age of the patient.

  4. She died at the ripe old age of 90.

  5. The movie appeals to people of all ages.

  6. Their son needs to spend more time with children his own age.

  7. a group of children ranging in age from 8 to 11

  8. She became involved with a man twice her age.

  9. The program is for people over age 50.

  10. groups of people classified by race and age

Origin of age

Middle English, from Anglo-French aage, age, from Vulgar Latin *aetaticum, from Latin aetat-, aetas, from aevum lifetime — more at aye

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of age

period, epoch, era, age mean a division of time. period may designate an extent of time of any length <periods of economic prosperity>. epoch applies to a period begun or set off by some significant or striking quality, change, or series of events <the steam engine marked a new epoch in industry>. era suggests a period of history marked by a new or distinct order of things <the era of global communications>. age is used frequently of a fairly definite period dominated by a prominent figure or feature <the age of Samuel Johnson>.

Rhymes with age




Simple Definition of age

  • : to become old or older

  • : to cause (someone or something) to become old or to appear to be old

  • of food or drink : to be stored for a period of time in order to gain desired qualities

Full Definition of age

agedag·ing or age·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become old :  show the effects or the characteristics of increasing age

  3. 2 :  to acquire a desirable quality (as mellowness or ripeness) by standing undisturbed for some time <letting cheese age>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to become old

  6. 2 :  to bring to a state fit for use or to maturity

ag·erplay \ˈā-jər\ noun

Examples of age

  1. As he aged he grew more and more bitter.

  2. You haven't aged a day since I saw you last!

  3. His troubles have aged him.

  4. Exposure to the sun has aged her skin.

  5. The wine ages in oak barrels.

  6. The wine is aged in oak barrels.

14th Century

First Known Use of age

14th century


noun suffix

Simple Definition of -age

  • : action, process, or result of

  • : total amount or collection

  • : house or place of

Full Definition of -age

  1. 1 :  aggregate :  collection <trackage>

  2. 2 a :  action :  process <haulage> b :  cumulative result of <breakage> c :  rate of <dosage>

  3. 3 :  house or place of <orphanage>

  4. 4 :  state :  rank <peonage>

  5. 5 :  charge <postage>

Origin of -age

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -aticum

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