\ˈā-jəd, ˈājd;ˈājdfor sense 1b \

Definition of aged 

1 : grown old: such as

a : of an advanced age an aged man

b : having attained a specified age a man aged 40 years

2 : typical of old age the aged wrinkles in my cheeks— Shakespeare

3 : having acquired a desirable quality or undergone an expected and desired change with the passage of time aged wine aged cheese

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agedness \ˈā-jəd-nəs \ noun

Examples of aged in a Sentence

a group of men aged between 20 and 30 all the young men went to fight in the war; and only the aged and infirm remained behind

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Governed by the forbidding Big Mother (Susanne Sachsße), the group consists of four middle-aged leaders and eight young recruits, the older women training the younger ones in subjects that range from physical fitness to history to astrology. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Lesbian revolutionaries smash sexual taboos to undermine the patriarchy in Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists," 6 July 2018 Public protests erupted in 2002 when a U.S. court-martial acquitted two GI’s of negligent homicide after their vehicle crushed two teen-aged girls during an army training exercise. Time, "Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base," 13 July 2018 All three — two aged 16, one 17 — face charges of robbery with a firearm, police said. Jeff Weiner,, "Video: Teen suspects in Steak 'n Shake robbery crawl from flipped Toyota Prius after chase," 12 July 2018 Displaced from his home town aged six, his grandfather was murdered by Serbian rebels., "Pride and Passion: Croatia's Unrelenting Fighting Spirit Continues to Carry National Hope," 12 July 2018 One study published in 2013 showed almost half of young people aged 17 to 24 were breaking up and reconciling with exes. Jenna Birch,, "You've Already Broken Up Once—Here’s How to Know if the Relationship Can Really Work," 10 July 2018 Pleated surface: Müller and his team scanned the brains of 64 children and adolescents with autism and 64 controls, aged 6 to 18 years. Rachel Zamzow, Scientific American, "Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns," 9 July 2018 Fake accounts that look more established and were typically created years ago, known as aged accounts, fetch $5 to $40 each. Jack Nicas, New York Times, "Oprah, Is That You? On Social Media, the Answer Is Often No.," 7 July 2018 The Turpin children were discovered, filthy and starving, after one girl, aged 17, climbed out of a window and raised the alarm. Dipesh Navsaria, Houston Chronicle, "What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of aged

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aged

Middle English, from past participle of agen "to age entry 2" (modeled on Anglo-French agé)

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English Language Learners Definition of aged

: very old

: having reached a specified age


\ˈā-jəd for 1, ˈājd for 2\

Kids Definition of aged

1 : very old an aged oak an aged man

2 : having reached a specified age a child aged ten

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to reject or criticize sharply

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