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

Example Sentences

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 ripe old age of 90. The movie appeals to people of all ages. Their son needs to spend more time with children his own age. a group of children ranging in age from 8 to 11 She became involved with a man twice her age. The program is for people over age 50. groups of people classified by race and 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Scottish Parliament passed a bill with cross-party support in December that lowers the age — from 18 to 16 — at which people can apply for a gender recognition certificate. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2023 High cholesterol is sometimes treated with medications like statins, depending on factors such as age and family history, but lifestyle changes tend to be the first treatment, Quinones-Camacho says. Elizabeth Millard, Time, 18 Jan. 2023 Gere and Silva turned heads in 2018 when they got married and announced plans to start a family despite their 33-year age difference. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2023 And that just basically means fewer working age adults are actually working as opposed to, say, focusing on the unemployment rate, which is what people do. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2023 That continuity is rare in the transfer portal age, and the benefits are obvious. Ben Steele, Journal Sentinel, 18 Jan. 2023 Wang and his colleagues used software to comb through data from a study of around 1,500 Icelanders and their parents that tracked age of conception and genetic changes between three generations. Freda Kreier, Scientific American, 18 Jan. 2023 In this new space age, the dread of radiation still looms. Mrigakshi Dixit, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Jan. 2023 If a commercial entity or third party performs a reasonable age verification, the commercial entity shall not retain any identifying information of the individual after access to the material has been granted under Senate Bill 66. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 18 Jan. 2023
Verb
Modern Brutalist-style architecture constructed with concrete and wood, designed to age and develop a patina based on the principles of wabi-sabi. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 30 Dec. 2022 Ogle wanted to age in her Yakutat home and had planned to use that money for her future care, according to Goldstein. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Dec. 2022 Aged in multiple casks, including those used to age extra old cognac, this non-peated whiskey nonetheless has a robust, faintly smoky flavor that make for a fascinating alternative to your usual scotch. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 30 Nov. 2022 If American Beauty is the suburban ennui meditation that has grown a bit of mold, Paolo Sorentino's La Grande Belezza (The Great Beauty) is the urban ennui meditation sure to age like the best of Italian wine. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 30 Nov. 2022 Per Vanity Fair, the 39-year-old actor took genetic tests for Limitless, a docuseries that explores how to age slower. Vulture, 19 Nov. 2022 As Americans continue to age, get sick, and navigate the health-care system, many of us may become more invested in the idea of open notes. Zoya Qureshi, The Atlantic, 15 Nov. 2022 This lets characters age in reverse, come back to life, and arrive at the moment that sets them off in the wrong (or right) direction. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 6 Jan. 2023 Adults who aren't sufficiently hydrated may age faster, face a higher risk of chronic diseases and be more likely to die younger than those who stay well-hydrated, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 2 Jan. 2023 See More

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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, from -a- (probably generalized from verbal derivatives, as vēnāticus "used for hunting," from vēnārī "to hunt") + -ticus, borrowed from Greek -tikos, generalized from derivatives of agent nouns (as athlētikós athletic) from athlḗtēs athlete

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 28 Jan. 2023.

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
Age of Discovery
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

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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