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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

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

c : generation

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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ager \ˈā-jər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for age

Synonyms: Noun

afterlife, afternoon, autumn, evening

Synonyms: Verb

develop, grow, grow up, mature, progress, ripen

Antonyms: Noun


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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


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


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

Shaw joined United from Southampton four years ago at the age of 18, becoming one of Louis van Gaal's first signings as manager., "Luke Shaw Determined to Prove Doubters Wrong as He Enters Final Year of Man Utd Contract," 1 July 2018 Over the next two months, the age difference was slammed in our face. Jessica Chou,, "I’m 50, A CEO, & A Former Sugar Daddy — Here’s What I Want You To Know," 14 July 2018 The Mitchell 304 spinning reel and Gamefisher series fiberglass rod made by Sears, Roebuck and Co. used to cast the lure were about the same age. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retro outing proves fishing fun - and gear - is timeless," 14 July 2018 The government filed a plan to reunite the remaining children, ages fives and older, with their parents during a hearing on July 13. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 On Thursday, the toy company held a promotion called Pay Your Age Day, where customers could purchase a plush toy for a price equal to their child's age. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Build-a-Bear blunder: Other company promotions that epically failed," 13 July 2018 The children's entertainment company posted a Facebook message offering parents the chance to pay a child's age for 30 minutes of unlimited game play on Friday, July 13. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Chuck E. Cheese's calls out Build-A-Bear in new promotion," 13 July 2018 But archaeologists say the soil where people of the Neolithic age likely put large timber posts can hold more residual moisture, allowing it to better cope with drought conditions and display a healthier shade of green. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland," 13 July 2018 Groups most likely to be in favor include liberals (81 percent), Democratic women (78 percent), Northeasterners (67 percent), and voters under age 30 (64 percent). Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Record number favors same-sex marriage," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The funding increases the budget for aging survivors to $561.7 million this year. Jewish Journal, "Germany to pay additional $88 million to Holocaust survivors," 11 July 2018 His son helped him set up a Facebook page days after he was freed in the back of the newspaper’s aging offices. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 The programs are geared to children ages 5 to 7 years. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Artist captures local landmarks in paintings [West Friendship]," 28 June 2018 There are aging vets like George Hill and Kyle Korver. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "How the Cavaliers should convince LeBron James to stay with them," 27 June 2018 The distillery has sold its own gin for about four years, but bourbon has been aging in barrels. Chris Mayhew,, "Despite trade tariffs, Newport's New Riff Distilling ready to unveil bourbon," 18 June 2018 To deal with current flooding, the city is adding a 9-inch topper to an aging sea wall as a short-term fix. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, "Sea Level Rise Will Threaten Thousands of California Homes," 18 June 2018 Look for their flagship Gameday Blonde, a light and crisp ale that’s dry hopped with the floral Liberty hops, and a special variation on Serenity, a Belgian golden ale that’s been aged in white wine barrels for six months. John Verive, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 New L.A. Breweries That Should Be on Your Beer Week Radar," 11 June 2018 Still, there is humor of the prickly and withering variety, taking aim at the aging emperor Logan Roy (Brian Cox)—who is weakened by a stroke, sending all his heirs scrambling for power. Richard Lawson, HWD, "HBO’s Rich-Family-in-Peril Drama Succession Has a Troubling Allure," 1 June 2018

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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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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.


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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