age

noun
\ ˈāj How to pronounce age (audio) \

Definition of age

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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 : 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
3a : 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

verb
aged; aging or ageing

Definition of age (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Definition of -age (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : aggregate : collection trackage
2a : 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

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Other Words from age

Verb

ager \ ˈā-​jər How to pronounce ager (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for age

Synonyms: Noun

day, epoch, era, period, time

Synonyms: Verb

develop, grow, grow up, mature, progress, ripen

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Noun

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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s an improvement over 2018 when Lin, draft eligible because of his age, was picked in the 29th round by Houston. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU's Lyle Lin, Carter Aldrete selected early on final day of major league baseball draft," 5 June 2019 Which, at his age, and weight — Cabrera weighs 249 pounds, according to the team’s 2019 media guide — will be a task akin to hitting for the Triple Crown. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera problem just got worse," 5 June 2019 He’ll be challenged from a physical standpoint at the next level, at at his age, may not improve much more physically. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board 7.0: Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 5 June 2019 The change will affect more than 77,000 Nevadans, amounting to roughly 4 percent of the state’s voting-age population and 12 percent of its African American electorate. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The State That Liberal Dreams Are Made Of," 5 June 2019 Two other children - ages 6 and 12 - were taken to Children’s of Alabama. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "2-year-old killed, other kids injured in deck collapse at east Birmingham home," 5 June 2019 State representative Richard Creagan wants to raise the smoking age in the Aloha state to 100. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Beverly Hills Just Became the First U.S. City to Largely End Tobacco Sales," 5 June 2019 The ages match those of Brockhouse and his wife, Annalisa, at the time of the incident. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Activists call for state investigation into the disappearance of San Antonio police report on Brockhouse," 5 June 2019 The challenges of digital sculptures The bigger issue about Ann's future is how Indianapolis feels about keeping outdoor digital sculptures alive after their technology ages. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Mass Ave's electronic 'Ann Dancing' needs $262,800. Here's what's behind that number.," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Research is mixed on the aging workforce's overall impact on the U.S. economy. Andrew Soergel, chicagotribune.com, "Are older workers job hoarding, hurting economy? 44% of young employees say graying workforce is a problem.," 6 June 2019 In April, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission rejected a proposal by Vectren, an energy company, to build a natural gas-fuel power plant to replace an aging coal-burning generating station. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Solving for climate change: Everything you know about energy in the US might be wrong," 4 June 2019 For months now, the discussion has instead been larger commentary on the state of baseball’s free agency, on aging curves, on the semantics of rumor reporting, on the value of a compensatory draft pick. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "Ranking the Best Fits for Dallas Keuchel," 4 June 2019 The new engines will be assigned to stations and replace aging engines that will become reserve apparatus, said Deputy Chief James Gaboury. Sam Hodgson/the San Diego Union-tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego unveils 10 new fire engines to be put into service," 3 June 2019 As #ReservicingBuckinghamPalace continues, the Palace’s ageing boilers have been replaced in the building’s basement. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New Photos of the Buckingham Palace Renovation Reveal What Queen Elizabeth's Residence Really Looks Like," 16 May 2019 Now, those aging AMD Jaguar CPUs wouldn’t be found in any self-respecting gamer’s system. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Why Sony's PlayStation 5 specs matter to PC gamers: Ryzen, Radeon, SSDs, and ray tracing," 16 Apr. 2019 The latest is Record of a Spaceborn Few, which follows the descendants of the last flotilla of starships to depart Earth, who have clung to their way of life aboard the aging fleet. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Shiseido has brightening formulas, anti-aging lines, and special moisturizers for extra hydration. The Cut, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Serum," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of age

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for age

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

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age

noun

English Language Learners Definition of age

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

age

verb

English Language Learners Definition of age (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of -age (Entry 3 of 3)

: action, process, or result of
: total amount or collection
: house or place of

age

noun
\ ˈāj How to pronounce age (audio) \

Kids Definition of age

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the amount of time during which someone or something has lived or existed The child was six years of age.
2 : the time of life when a person receives some right or capacity The voting age is 18.
3 : the later part of life His mind was active in age as in youth.
4 : the condition of being old The building is showing signs of age.
5 : a period of time associated with a person or thing the age of dinosaurs
6 : a long period of time It's been ages since we last saw you.

age

verb
aged\ ˈājd \; aging or ageing

Kids Definition of age (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to become old or older As he aged, he grew more forgetful.
2 : to cause to become old or to appear to be old Her troubles have aged her.
3 : to remain or cause to remain undisturbed until fit for use : mature The cheese must age.
\ ij\

Kids Definition of -age

1 : total amount : collection mileage
2 : action : process coverage
3 : result of coinage
4 : rate of shrinkage
5 : house or place of orphanage
6 : state : condition blockage
7 : fee : charge postage

age

noun
\ ˈāj How to pronounce age (audio) \

Medical Definition of age

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

verb
aged; aging or ageing

Medical Definition of age (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to cause to become old

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age

noun

Legal Definition of age

: 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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