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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
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 pluralhaven't seen him in ages
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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Synonyms for age

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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

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 The Journal of Infectious Diseases article, Quartz notes, says a larger study to determine how the vaccine works in other age and risk groups, which could take several months, should come after a challenge study. TheWeek, "WHO says deliberately infecting volunteers with coronavirus might accelerate vaccine development," 7 May 2020 Black and Latino Californians ages 18 to 64 are dying more frequently of COVID-19 than their white and Asian counterparts, relative to their share of the population, a Times analysis of state health department data conducted in late April found. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, "Latinos test positive for coronavirus at overwhelming levels in San Francisco survey," 6 May 2020 At least two of the migrants were minors, including one school-age child, according to Agent Daniel Hernandez, a spokesman for Border Patrol's Tucson Sector. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Driver caught smuggling 14 migrants hidden inside pickup truck near Douglas," 6 May 2020 In late April, Beckinsale responded to a troll who took issue with the age difference between her and Grace. Alexia Fernandez,, "All the Times Kate Beckinsale Slammed Critics and Defended Herself from Online Trolls," 6 May 2020 The noneligible recipients are often college-age workers who spent time in the United States over the past two years and filed the wrong income tax forms in 2018 or 2019. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Thousands of ineligible foreign workers receiving coronavirus stimulus checks: Report," 5 May 2020 The participation rate for all prime-age workers, those 25 to 54 years old, rose to a decade high in December, but that was mostly due to gains among women, whose rate rose to an 18-year high. Katia Dmitrieva,, "Women Now Make Up the Majority of the U.S. Labor Force," 5 May 2020 Once returned, the manufacturer will recondition the unit, evaluating core components and replacing cosmetic and worn-out parts before delivering it to the next kid lucky enough to be coddled in its space-age cocoon. Noah Joseph, Car and Driver, "Car Designer Frank Stephenson Reinvents the Child Car Seat," 5 May 2020 Once age and geography have been taken into consideration, patients with Pakistani or black African heritage who have been treated for COVID-19 have died at roughly three times the rate of white patients. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Comforting and Misleading Political Response to Britain’s Coronavirus Disaster," 5 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Jadix adds a bit of body from aging on its lees to add to the notes of white flowers and pears. Washington Post, "Make this easy-to-find, $9 rosé your summer sipper," 22 May 2020 The same was true for half of the oldest members of Gen Z, aged 18 to 23. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "What Will Become of the Class of 2020?," 22 May 2020 The two met 10 years ago when a social service agency for young adults who have aged out of foster care placed them in the same apartment building. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dosha 'DJay' Joi, a former foster youth who advocated for others, has died of coronavirus," 22 May 2020 Born in Cuba, Ms Reinhart moved to America aged ten and has written widely about financial crises, boom and bust, and contagion. The Economist, "Business this week," 21 May 2020 The program is now available online for any student ages 13 - 18 for free in the UK, and $100 a year in the US. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "Virtual cybersecurity school teaches kids to fix security flaws and hunt down hackers," 20 May 2020 The general fertility rate fell 2% to 58.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, its lowest level since the government began tracking the figure in 1909. ... Janet Adamy, WSJ, "U.S. Birthrates Fall to Record Low," 20 May 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics revealed that the general fertility rate in the U.S. hit a record low, with 58.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Birthrates in US plunge to record low," 20 May 2020 Lines include the flagships (pecan rum is a must try); the limited-edition Shipwreck Series aged in barrels; the Solspice Series featuring spiced rums based on the seasonal solstices; and the Angels’ Share rum. al, "Experience wild beauty in North Carolina’s Outer Banks," 19 May 2020

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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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The first known use of age was in the 13th century

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10 May 2020

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“Age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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.
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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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