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

Actors Kate Beckinsale, 45, and Pete Davidson, 25, have briefly spoken out about their new relationship and age difference. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson Respond to the Reactions to Their Relationship," 27 Mar. 2019 ScienceWorks As its name implies, ScienceWorks touches upon robotics, space, electricity, technology, climate science, and every other aspect of the modern world; topics are divided into themes and age groups. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018 At the young age of 40, John has already achieved this standing, joining celebs like Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, and Whoopi Goldberg in its exclusive ranks. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "How Did John Legend Win His EGOT?," 18 Mar. 2019 And for some of those chemicals, that risk could build over time for people who start vaping at a young age and continue vaping for the rest of their lives. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 So the Access Live hosts decided to do a little sleuthing, and asked Marie what age Donny started out in Hollywood. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Did Marie Osmond Just Admit Her Brother Donny Is on 'The Masked Singer?'," 22 Jan. 2019 Alexander set out for a public life from an early age. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Lamar Alexander, pillar of Washington’s old guard, is retiring from the Senate," 17 Dec. 2018 But when the time came to actually start rolling, the animal trainer had to break some sad news to Jeremiah: the squirrel had died (presumably from old age). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Every Weird Thing You Never Realized About National Lampoon's 'Christmas Vacation'," 2 Dec. 2018 After all, a 90-cc ATV will wear all sorts of warnings restricting it to kids age ten and up, while a 110-cc dirt bike will carry no such restrictions. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Honda CRF50F Is the Quintessential Starter Dirt Bike," 28 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many distilleries start out making vodka and gin, the most popular clear spirits (which don’t require aging). Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Aquavit, and Why Are They Suddenly Making Scandinavian Booze in Colorado?," 24 Feb. 2019 Taxpayers age 70½ and older can also benefit by making their donations from a traditional individual retirement account. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "What You Need to Know About the New Tax Law (Now That You’re Doing Your Taxes)," 15 Feb. 2019 Not only has the Kid not aged, but violent outbreaks seem to follow in his wake. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 For households aged 60 to 79, wealth remained constant at $230,000. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 As for the Conners' next chapter, the family will have to deal with dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging, and in-laws, according to Deadline. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About the 'Roseanne' Spinoff 'The Conners'," 2 Aug. 2018 Most Read Business Stories People Lee’s age — 65 and over — are the fastest-growing segment of the marijuana-using population, said Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and aging at the University of California, Los Angeles. John Rogers, The Seattle Times, "More aging Americans are using pot to soothe what ails them," 26 Mar. 2019 For a select set of adults aged 18 to 64, six hours of rest every night can be enough, the NSF says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Sleep Do I Need?," 21 Mar. 2019 The twist to this study is that the moms who aged faster biologically did so whether or not their children were sick. Clay Marsh, STAT, "Facing deaths of despair from the depths of despair in West Virginia," 12 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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