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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Synonyms for age

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Crediting her father's job, her childhood, and being around so many adults at important functions (not to mention meeting presidents), Gwen learned about the importance of communication from a young age. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, 16 July 2021 Everybody in my family has it in their blood to work from a young age. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, 16 July 2021 Part of Zimmern's fascination with family dinners came from his own lack of them because of his parents' divorce at a young age. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021 But while Scott embraced skating from a young age, the skate community hasn’t always accepted them back. Maria Eberhart, baltimoresun.com, 15 July 2021 Pei was born in 1967, and from a young age her imagination was fueled by tales, passed on from her grandmother, of imperial splendor. Vogue, 15 July 2021 Taller than most of her peers and struggling with her sexuality at a young age, Delle Donne wasn't comfortable in her own skin. Emily Leiker, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Students now have to learn about national security from a young age. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Because Raq had Kanan at such a young age, their relationship is a bit different. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 14 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With its comedic take on the travails of a tight rental market, the film promises to age like a vintage Eddie Murphy standup, highlighting the absurdity of a perennial truth. Natalie Meade, The New Yorker, 14 July 2021 The stiff animation and repetitive plots weren’t made for bingeing, and plenty of its jokes didn’t age well. John Maher And Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, 21 June 2021 So, restaurants have to move the wines that have been lying in their storage quickly, especially white wines that do not age as do most reds. John Mariani, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Looking back, and considering the blend of genres that wound end up dominating country radio, such comments did not age well. Emily Yahr, Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2021 Looking back, and considering the blend of genres that wound end up dominating country radio, such comments did not age well. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Then the team used xenon lamps to artificially age both treated and untreated samples, and examined them under high-powered microscopes. Sam Kean, Science | AAAS, 2 July 2021 Adding this new level of care is critical to meet the needs of our aging population, most of whom prefer to age in their own homes. Ashish V. Shah, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The organization also works with the Baltimore Department of Social Services to provide devices to teens who are about to age out of the foster care system as well as organizations that work with older adults to bring technology into senior homes. Tatyana Turner, baltimoresun.com, 20 Apr. 2021

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

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20 Jul 2021

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“Age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/age. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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

-age

noun suffix

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.

-age

noun suffix
\ 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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