noun \ˈwāj\

: an amount of money that a worker is paid based on the number of hours, days, etc., that are worked

Full Definition of WAGE

a :  a payment usually of money for labor or services usually according to contract and on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis —often used in plural
b plural :  the share of the national product attributable to labor as a factor in production
:  recompense, reward —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction <the wages of sin is death — Romans 6:23 (Revised Standard Version)>
wage·less \ˈwāj-ləs\ adjective

Examples of WAGE

  1. Both of them make decent wages.
  2. The table and chairs cost two weeks' wages.
  3. The company offers competitive wages and good benefits.
  4. The company gave workers a four percent wage increase this year.

Origin of WAGE

Middle English, pledge, recompense, from Anglo-French wage, gage, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wetti pledge — more at wed
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

Rhymes with WAGE



: to start and continue (a war, battle, etc.) in order to get or achieve something


Full Definition of WAGE

transitive verb
:  to engage in or carry on <wage war> <wage a campaign>
intransitive verb
:  to be in process of occurring <the riot waged for several hours — American Guide Series: Maryland>

Examples of WAGE

  1. They waged a guerrilla war against the government.
  2. Local activists are waging a campaign to end homelessness in the region.

Origin of WAGE

Middle English, to offer surety, put up as a stake, hire, from Anglo-French *wager, gager, from wage
First Known Use: 14th century


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