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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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fervent need for this music to occupy a physical space likely comes not just from the rhythm at its core, but because neoperreo (and its listeners) came of age online. E.r. Pulgar, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2022 The coming-of-age series follows teenage theater enthusiasts who are members of the East High drama club. Lizzie Hyman, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2022 This coming-of-age horror story focuses on an unpopular teenage girl who's lived an extremely sheltered childhood with an overprotective, religious mother. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Sep. 2022 This cocktail certainly works with blanco tequila, but the kiss of age of a good reposado brings some welcome oak and vanilla, which helps the cocktail be more itself. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 24 Sep. 2022 Ultimately, Luca is a moving coming-of-age film about friendship, family, and overcoming our own prejudices—and truly one of Pixar’s best features. WIRED, 23 Sep. 2022 Danny Ramirez stars opposite Lili Reinhart in the coming-of-age romantic comedy. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 23 Sep. 2022 The blend of courtroom drama and coming-of-age story is rife with thematic messaging about racial injustice, gender roles, compassion, and loss of innocence. Sophie Van Bastelaer, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2022 Created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Reservation Dogs follows a group of teenagers (Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor and Paulina Alexis) coming of age on a Native American reservation in Oklahoma. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Workers age 20-29 are the least likely to prefer working fully remote, at 24%. Trey Williams, Fortune, 26 Sep. 2022 When some people — those age 50 and up and the immunocompromised — became eligible for a second conventional booster shot earlier this year, some decided to go with the other brand. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2022 When some people — those age 50 and up and the immunocompromised — became eligible for a second conventional booster shot earlier this year, some decided to go with the other brand. Luke Money And Rong-gong Lin Ii, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2022 When some people — those age 50 and up and the immunocompromised — became eligible for a second conventional booster shot earlier this year, some decided to go with the other brand. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 In general, the recidivism rate drops as people age. Ashley Luthern, Journal Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 As people age, even without diseases like dementia, everyone becomes more forgetful, misplacing their car keys or even their car, struggling to learn new information and finding planning more difficult. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2022 To try to solve this, Dufek and his team used machine learning to figure out how batteries age when charging fast. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2022 The distillers use traditional practices and age the tequila in oak barrels. Robin Soslow, Chron, 22 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/age. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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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.

-age

noun suffix
\ 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

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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