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

Commemorate a giant leap for mankind with an out-of-this-world event for all ages. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Apollo 11 anniversary celebrations and events in Cincinnati, worth a drive," 16 July 2019 Entry prices at the gate run at $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free admission for children ages 5 and under. Jenny Whidden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From contests to deals, here's everything you need to know about the 177th Waukesha County Fair," 16 July 2019 Prices start at $50 per person; pass not required for ages 2 and under when accompanied by an adult with a valid pass. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 16 July 2019 Is that a commentary on privacy in the smartphone age? Liz Ohanesian, Los Angeles Times, "Chuck Klosterman’s new book digs into philosophical questions that shape modern culture," 16 July 2019 Tickets are $15 for the general public; the event is for ages 21 and up. Currie Engel, Time, "8 Places You Can Visit to Celebrate Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary This Week," 15 July 2019 Alex Pantling/Getty Images WIMBLEDON, England — Yes, Novak Djokovic stared down the deepest of holes in a championship match for the ages on Centre Court on Sunday, coming back after Roger Federer held two match points while serving for the title. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "The Crowd Roars for Federer, and Djokovic Tunes Out the Noise," 14 July 2019 Then, in the final game of the regular season, when the Blazers were resting their starters against the Sacramento Kings, Simons unleashed a performance for the ages, finishing with 37 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Joe Freeman, oregonlive.com, "Anfernee Simons continues push for Portland Trail Blazers’ rotation spot with solid summer league play," 13 July 2019 Also available for sale — same price online and at the event — are the $20 food-only tickets and $10 tickets for children ages 6-12. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "‘Vines & Vittles’ to provide all-ages fun on Sunday," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Free tickets for children ages five and up are available. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 18 July 2019 The Riots are unique in Chicago, a league for girls aged 10 to 18, coached and mentored by The Chicago Outfit, one of the city’s adult teams. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "‘We’re like the forgotten people’: Chicago Riots junior roller derby offers rough-and-tumble community of acceptance," 18 July 2019 My friends had all visibly aged by about 30 years; Gen-Xers gone full boomer in the blink of an app. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "How FaceApp got your data, and why you gave it to them," 18 July 2019 This app allows users to perform different transformations on photos of people, such as aging the person in the picture. cleveland.com, "FaceApp’s ties to Russia has Democrats concerned about privacy, national security," 18 July 2019 His legacy in Eastern European football is arguably unmatched, and following his death in 2002 aged just 63, an outpouring of emotion and tributes flooded in from around the world. SI.com, "Valeriy Lobanovskyi: The Scientist Who Dominated Football in the Soviet Union," 17 July 2019 Kids ages 5-17 can register for classes at five different golf courses in Contra Costa County and Solano. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "What’s Happening sports briefs for July 19," 17 July 2019 This app allows users to perform different transformations on photos of people, such as aging the person in the picture. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Democrats warn campaigns against using FaceApp because it’s from a Russian company," 17 July 2019 Most occurred among males, and two-thirds were aged 18 to 21 years old. Michelle Cortez / Bloomberg, Time, "Fewer American Kids Die in States With Tougher Gun Laws, According to This New Study," 15 July 2019

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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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ageable

age and area concept

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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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