age

noun
\ ˈāj \

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

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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for age

Synonyms: Noun

afterlife, afternoon, autumn, evening

Synonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Noun

springtime

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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

Over the next two months, the age difference was slammed in our face. Jessica Chou, refinery29.com, "I’m 50, A CEO, & A Former Sugar Daddy — Here’s What I Want You To Know," 14 July 2018 The Mitchell 304 spinning reel and Gamefisher series fiberglass rod made by Sears, Roebuck and Co. used to cast the lure were about the same age. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retro outing proves fishing fun - and gear - is timeless," 14 July 2018 The government filed a plan to reunite the remaining children, ages fives and older, with their parents during a hearing on July 13. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 On Thursday, the toy company held a promotion called Pay Your Age Day, where customers could purchase a plush toy for a price equal to their child's age. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Build-a-Bear blunder: Other company promotions that epically failed," 13 July 2018 The children's entertainment company posted a Facebook message offering parents the chance to pay a child's age for 30 minutes of unlimited game play on Friday, July 13. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Chuck E. Cheese's calls out Build-A-Bear in new promotion," 13 July 2018 But archaeologists say the soil where people of the Neolithic age likely put large timber posts can hold more residual moisture, allowing it to better cope with drought conditions and display a healthier shade of green. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland," 13 July 2018 Groups most likely to be in favor include liberals (81 percent), Democratic women (78 percent), Northeasterners (67 percent), and voters under age 30 (64 percent). Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Record number favors same-sex marriage," 13 July 2018 Ticket prices range from $10 for ages 12-under to $180. 859-578-2300; kentuckyspeedway.com. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had planned to explore the cavern complex for about an hour after soccer practice on June 23. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 The 12 boys, aged between 11 and 16, were part of a youth soccer team called the Wild Boars. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The Thai Soccer Players Are Being Reunited With Families Following Their Cave Rescue," 11 July 2018 Unlike Elizabeth or Katherine or Anna, which have stood the test of time in America’s collective baby name book, Donna is not aging gracefully. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Destined to be dowdy forever? The difficulty of being named 'Donna' in 2018," 7 July 2018 The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach went exploring in the cave after a soccer game June 23. Author: Tassanee Vejpongsa, Kaweewit Kaewjimda, Anchorage Daily News, "Thai diver dies in effort to rescue boys soccer team from cave," 6 July 2018 The boys being sought in the ongoing rescue mission, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach went exploring in the cave after a soccer game June 23. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Thailand's versatile, crime-fighting Navy SEAL unit tasked with mission to save soccer team trapped in cave," 6 July 2018 The boys, aged 11 to 16, are members of a local soccer team who were on a field trip with a coach. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk has an idea for saving boys stranded in a Thailand cave," 6 July 2018 The one-day camp for children aged 9-14 was free and included football instruction and life lessons provided by Heath and Owls head coach Arvie Crouch. Adam Turer, Cincinnati.com, "Catching up: Houston Texan, Mt. Healthy grad Heath on character, 'Be a giver, not a taker'," 6 July 2018 Videos taken inside the cave show the boys, aged 11-16, and their coach interacting with Thai navy SEAL divers, who have been sent in to supply them, provide medical care and to keep them company. chicagotribune.com, "Trapped in Thai cave, youngsters must grapple with stress," 5 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 \

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 \

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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