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

Warm Springs, Chiricahua, and Nedni among them—but does not mention that, in his old age, Geronimo had wanted to return to his home in the Southwestern deserts to die. Matthew Farwell, The New Republic, "America’s Once and Future Concentration Camp," 3 July 2019 The business does not use much advertising, instead choosing to rely on word of mouth, even in our current digital age. SFChronicle.com, "In Oakland’s Laurel District, barbecue’s past collides with its present," 2 July 2019 Score it as an extra-base hit, appealing to fans of all ages and in all seat sections. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A League of Their Own': THR's 1992 Review," 1 July 2019 Featuring more than 50 high-resolution images, lunar artifacts and interactive opportunities for all ages. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "23 events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 in SF Bay Area," 1 July 2019 To gauge the apparent threat, scientists assessed 21,786 Boswelia trees across 23 different sites in East Africa and estimated their ages by analyzing the growth rings of 202 trees. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "World’s supply of frankincense could go up in smoke," 1 July 2019 Amateur boat builders of all ages are challenged to design, build and race boats made entirely of cardboard and tape. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 1-7," 30 June 2019 Often, Binford said children of all ages routinely slept on concrete floors. oregonlive.com, "An Oregon lawyer visited border patrol facilities in the El Paso sector; here’s what she knows and what it means.," 29 June 2019 Open to all ages, but guests younger than 18 must be with a parent or guardian. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Here is where to see fireworks and parades on the Fourth," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kennedy, a psychiatrist who runs an anti-aging clinic in Santa Rosa, has written numerous exemptions for kids, according to court records. SFChronicle.com, "State investigates 4 doctors for issuing questionable vaccination exemptions," 2 July 2019 Kennedy, a psychiatrist who runs an anti-aging clinic in Santa Rosa, has written numerous exemptions for kids, according to court records. NBC News, "California broadens investigation of doctors for issuing questionable vaccine exemptions," 2 July 2019 With money in hand, RTD began buying up the aging municipal bus systems that served Denver and its suburbs, such as Denver Metro Transit, Evergreen Transit, Northglenn Suburban and the Longmont Mini. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "RTD at 50: The freeway fight that paved the way for transit in metro Denver," 29 June 2019 There’s an expectation within the tribe that the younger generation will care for aging parents. USA Today, "Alaska is considered the deadliest state for women. A staggering 59% of women there have experienced violence.," 25 June 2019 Rum barrels aren't especially popular for barrel-aging beer, and putting an IPA in one was a bold move. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "I wrote about beer for the Free Press. Here's what I learned.," 23 June 2019 Not wearing sunscreen is also doing your skin and anti-aging routine a huge disservice. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "What Does SPF Stand For? We Asked Dermatologists," 21 June 2019 Now middle-aged with medium length hair, Ocana was a featured speaker. Victoria Gonzalez, The Mercury News, "30 years after organizing, janitors still fighting for higher pay, safer conditions," 20 June 2019 Poftak, who became MBTA general manager at the beginning of the year, has been implementing a five-year, $8 billion spending plan authored by Governor Charlie Baker’s administration to repair the aging transit system. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Second derailment in days sends T into chaos," 11 June 2019

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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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