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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

c : generation

4 : an individual's development measured in terms of the years requisite for like development of an average individual


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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ager \ ˈā-​jər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for age

Synonyms: Noun

afterlife, afternoon, autumn, evening

Synonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Noun


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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


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


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

With Machado batting third, the spot once controlled by Braun before age and injuries diminished him, scoring runs should be considerably easier. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers looking to go big with Manny Machado, who is an absolutely perfect fit," 13 July 2018 Due to the age difference, Keith wasn’t able to be physically present as his two younger siblings started coming into their own on and off the court. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 At lunchtime, officers joined the campers, ages 5 through 12, at picnic tables, munching on hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Highland Park Market. Alison Kuznitz,, "Giving Back To Hartford Youth, Police Departments Statewide Attend 'Law Enforcement Day' At Camp Courant," 11 July 2018 While others her age look for the latest styles from H&M or websites ASOS or Missguided, Lamm is part of a growing movement to embrace sustainable fashion — keeping apparel in use as long as possible, and then recycling it. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Fast fashion fuels sustainable-apparel movement," 11 July 2018 The company also launched a new promotion: The Count Your Candles offer for reward members lets kids pay their age for a $14 teddy bear during their birthday month. Doreen Christensen,, "Dear Doreen's Deals: Locked-up carts at Aldi keep prices low; what's tax-free for back to school," 13 July 2018 One of the youngest regulars at the Class AA level, the 19-year-old righty hitter has always shown big power for his age and is reputed as both a capable defender at shortstop and a team leader with precocious baseball intelligence. 2. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 MLB prospects to watch at the 2018 Futures Game," 13 July 2018 The turnout for Build-A-Bear Workshop’s national pay-your-age promotion ended up being more than the pricey stuffed animal retailer could bear yesterday, forcing the company to cut off long lines and close some stores for safety concerns. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Families of Cosmo DiNardo murder victims speak out, Pa. to pay $2M to fight teacher shortage | Morning Newsletter," 13 July 2018 This suggests that our perceptions of our lives determine not only our risk of addiction, overdose, and chronic disease, but also our biological age. Clay Marsh, STAT, "Facing deaths of despair from the depths of despair in West Virginia," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

People with vestibular migraines can have specific triggers that bring on these symptoms, like changes in sleep patterns, menstruation, and foods like chocolate, ripened or aged cheese, and red wine, Johns Hopkins Medicine says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 The federal government has until July 26 to reunite the remaining children, aged 5-17, and many more of their parents are expected to have been deported. NBC News, "Feds won't say if they will reunite kids with deported parents," 12 July 2018 The spa, a centerpiece of the Phoenician's $90 million makeover, opened in the spring and replaced the resort's aging Centre for Well-Being. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Spa deals: New Phoenician Spa has summer discounts," 11 July 2018 Evertonhad been in talks to sign the left back as a replacement for their ageing defender Leighton Baines., "Man Utd to Delay Search for New Left Back But Shortlist Long-Term Target for 2019," 9 July 2018 Detroit Youth Cycling Camps Youth, ages 3-17, who want to learn how to cycle and race on an indoor bicycle track can do so for free at this summer cycling camp offering weekly sessions through Aug. 30. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in metro Detroit for the week of July 8 and beyond," 9 July 2018 The city’s aging infrastructure — and pending wave of development — have been a top issue in the past year. Brittany Wallman,, "Fort Lauderdale plans to use water-sewer money to balance budget — again," 9 July 2018 That same spirit is reflected in the oceanfront beach house of Britt-Louise Gilder, her husband Jamal, and their four children (aged 4 to 15). Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A Fire Island house brings the spirit of sand and surf indoors," 9 July 2018 Upon his homecoming in Ohio — and with the letter penned by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, poisoned by contempt for his employee, having aged far worse in the public consciousness than LeBron’s decision to leave — James refused to give up leverage. Dylan Scott, Vox, "LeBron James and the NBA teach us a lot about labor in America," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of age


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


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

History and Etymology for age


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


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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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



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


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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.


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.


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


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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


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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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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