age

1 of 3

noun

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
e
: an advanced stage of life
2
: a period of time dominated by a central figure or prominent feature
the age of Pericles
: such 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
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
4
: an individual's development measured in terms of the years requisite for like development of an average individual

age

2 of 3

verb

aged; aging or ageing

intransitive verb

1
: to become old : show the effects or the characteristics of increasing age
2
: to acquire a desirable quality (such as mellowness or ripeness) by standing undisturbed for some time
letting cheese age

transitive verb

1
: to cause to become old
2
: to bring to a state fit for use or to maturity

-age

3 of 3

noun suffix

1
: aggregate : collection
trackage
2
a
: action : process
haulage
b
: cumulative result of
breakage
c
: rate of
dosage
3
: house or place of
orphanage
4
: state : rank
peonage
5
: charge
postage
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of age in a Sentence

Noun Some people are reluctant to reveal their ages. She died tragically at a young age. The treatment depends on the sex and age of the patient. She died at the age of 90. The movie appeals to people of all ages. Their son needs to spend more time with children his own age. They taught a group of children ranging in age from 8 to 11. She joined the company at age 35. The program is for people over age 50. The car is in good condition for its age. Verb As he aged he grew more and more bitter. You haven't aged a day since I saw you last! His troubles have aged him. Exposure to the sun has aged her skin. The wine ages in oak barrels. The wine is aged in oak barrels.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
According to Rogers, the hairstyles seen in Bridgerton are also symbolic of the characters’ ages. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 18 May 2024 Terra Madre is free to the public and includes educational and interactive experiences for all ages. Sacramento Bee, 18 May 2024 Travelers of all ages can take advantage of the mile-long Duck Boardwalk along the Currituck Sound, paddleboard and bike rentals from Duck Village Outfitters, and the selection of beach reads from Ducks' Cottage & Downtown Books. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 18 May 2024 The median age for Netflix viewers is 37, and 60% are described as cord-cutters. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2024 An analysis by University of Utah researchers, released as an abstract in the Journal of Urology, found that after Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a rising share of vasectomy patients were under the age of 30. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 18 May 2024 MacKinnon had a season for the ages, setting the franchise record with 140 points. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 18 May 2024 Samurai has a release date of Friday, June 28 and features only eight tracks; a rarity in the age of music streaming. Angel Diaz, Billboard, 17 May 2024 By Matt Fuchs May 17, 2024 10:26 AM EDT Through the ages, humans have fueled their most physically demanding efforts with meaty proteins. Matt Fuchs, TIME, 17 May 2024
Verb
The ultra-premium offering includes personal training, nutrition coaching, biomarker tracking and more — all in service of improving daily physical performance and slowing down the aging process. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 6 May 2024 This is an 11-year-old single malt distilled at the Islay distillery that was initially aged in bourbon and sherry casks before being finished for more than eight months in rum barrels sourced from the Caribbean. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 6 May 2024 As for her husband, Jude Law takes on the role of Henry VIII, portraying the legendary monarch as an aging, mercurial, festering wound of a human being. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 6 May 2024 That’s taken a toll on the aging facility, which first came online in 1997. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2024 With aging facilities needing to be addressed, the Arrowhead Union High School District is surveying the community about its facilities needs. Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2024 Overall, 21 percent of those aged 18 to 29 sympathized equally with both Israelis and Palestinians, compared with 33 percent who felt more sympathy for Palestinians and 14 percent for Israelis. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 3 May 2024 Aides insisted the aging Indiana had created it, but acknowledged that a picture sent to the sausage company showing Indiana at a drafting table with the design in front of him might have been photoshopped. Graham Bowley, New York Times, 3 May 2024 Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools officials have a plan to address the needs at Central and other aging facilities. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 25 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French aage, age (earlier Old French edage, eage), from eé, aé "age, lifetime" (going back to Latin aetāt-, aetās, contraction of earlier aevitās, from aevum "time, lifetime" + -itāt-, -itās -ity) + -age -age — more at aye entry 3

Verb

Middle English agen, derivative of age age entry 1

Noun suffix

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin -āticum (as in viāticum "provision for a journey"), neuter of -āticus, adjective suffix of appurtenance, perhaps originally from -āt- (from past participles of first conjugation verbs, as in vēnāticus "used for hunting," from vēnātus, past participle of vēnārī "to hunt") + -icus -ic entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of age was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near age

Cite this Entry

“Age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/age. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

age

1 of 3 noun
1
a
: the time of life when a person attains some right or capacity
the voting age is 18
especially : majority sense 1
come of age
b
: the time from birth to a specified date
a child six years of age
c
: normal lifetime
d
: the later part of life
youth and age
2
: a period of time associated with a particular person or thing
machine age
the age of exploration
3
: a long period of time
did it ages ago

age

2 of 3 verb
aged; aging or ageing
1
: to become or cause to become old or old in appearance
his troubles aged him
2
: to become or cause to become mellow or mature : ripen
letting cheese age

-age

3 of 3 noun suffix
ij
1
: total amount : collection
mileage
2
a
: action : process
coverage
b
: result of
breakage
c
: rate of
dosage
3
: house or place of
orphanage
4
: state : status
bondage
5
: fee : charge
postage
Etymology

Noun suffix

Middle English -age "collection," from early French -age (same meaning), from Latin -aticum, suffix of mass and abstract nouns

Medical Definition

age

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: the part of life from birth to a given time
a child 10 years of age
b
: the time or part of life at which some particular event, qualification, or capacity arises, occurs, or is lost
of reproductive age
age of onset
see middle age
c
: an advanced stage of life
2
: an individual's development measured in terms of the years requisite for like development of an average individual
a child of 7 with a mental age of 10
see binet age, mental age

age

2 of 2 verb
aged; aging or ageing

intransitive verb

: to become old : show the effects or the characteristics of increasing age

transitive verb

: to cause to become old

Legal Definition

age

noun
: the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises
the voting age is 18
see also legal age, majority

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