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
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 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

In addition to their twins, the pair also share a son and daughter around the ages of 8 and 6. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chris Stapleton's Wife Morgane Is Pregnant With Their Fifth Baby," 5 Nov. 2018 Gingerbread Jubilee FRI Holiday craft activities, music, gingerbread house construction zone, for all ages, 5 p.m. Friday, Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: PhinneyWood Phestivus and other holiday events; ‘Sasquatch’ and ‘Bullitt’ Mustang exhibits," 12 Dec. 2018 Conservatives have been trading lurid conspiracy theories in their own media echo chamber for ages. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 Plenty of designers have tried their hand at updating the cubicle for the modern age. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "A colorful new take on the cubicle," 22 Oct. 2018 And so, the neon hair trend (which has been around for ages) was rekindled and spread like wildfire. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Celebs Are All Dyeing Their Hair Neon Colors for Fall," 14 Sep. 2018 The tour is fit for all ages and abilities, and will leave you breathless without being out of breath. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 Around this time, former Real Housewives star Carole Radziwill, who lost her husband at a young age, said something to me at a Christmas party that always stuck with me. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "I Gained 60 Pounds During My Divorce and Turned It Into a Thriving Business," 28 Nov. 2018 She was born in 1886, and began presenting as a girl at a young age, choosing to wear dresses to school. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Transgender Women Are Women. Transgender Men Are Men.," 23 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One study looking at 13,000 people published in the journal Pediatrics in July 2016, found that 10.5 percent of women aged 23 to 25 have used laxatives to try to lose weight. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019 The show sometimes featured their four children, now aged 8 through 13. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "How an Argument Fueled the Rise of ‘Fixer Upper’ Star Joanna Gaines," 28 Dec. 2018 Jaimineey Patel, head of training at Blink Brow Bar, says eating a poor diet, along with not moisturizing and aging in general are among the top three factors that contribute to eyebrow hair loss. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Expert Guide To Growing Your Eyebrows," 17 Dec. 2018 Decades later, the Trust helps people aged 11 to 3o through mentoring, education, and recreational activities. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Tom Hardy Hear from Victims of Violent Crime," 12 Dec. 2018 At a news conference, Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food. Author: Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Anchorage Daily News, "3rd mission underway at Thai cave, aims to rescue all left," 10 July 2018 Also competing in the task were children aged three to eight, most of whom didn't fare as well. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Orangutans Are Better Than Children at Making Tools, Study Finds," 12 Nov. 2018 Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said Chesna was a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who leaves behind a wife and two children, aged 4 and 9. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Massachusetts police officer killed after attacked with rock, shot with own gun, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 One study in 2011 found that 58 percent of girls ages 14-17 had masturbated at least once. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "15 Things Every Girl Needs to Know About Masturbation," 10 Sep. 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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