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

Founded in 1996, the Detroit Youth Choir is made up of metro Detroit students ages eight to 18. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "They did it! Detroit Youth Choir will compete next week in 'America's Got Talent' finals," 12 Sep. 2019 The swimmer, an under-age girl, swam in four races at Friday’s meet at Dimond High. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage School District calls decision to DQ Dimond swimmer ‘heavy-handed and unnecessary’," 11 Sep. 2019 The comic con, in its sixth year at the library, was free and open to all ages and featured comic book sales, raffles, meet and greets with artists and a costume contest. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Mini Comic Con draws heroes, villians and comic artists to Eisenhower Library," 11 Sep. 2019 Late last year, at age sixty-two, Marya got a cold that wouldn’t go away. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Continuing Legacy of 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 Though a dose of flu can put a strong person in bed for a week, flu rarely requires hospitalization - except when the person, no matter the age, has a weak or compromised immune system, usually children, elderly and the already-sick. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "ESPN ranks the 150 best teams in college football history: Buckeye Breakfast," 11 Sep. 2019 Removing them is ineffective, wildlife officials say, because the canine species adapts to reproduce at a younger age and more pups per litter. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Coyotes kill cats and have neighbors on edge in College Park," 11 Sep. 2019 Furthermore, the rocks containing the remains of Ticinosuchus were the same geological age as those with Chirotherium. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019 But of course, life does carry on and there is a new generation coming to age now who weren’t alive yet. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "WATCH: Thousands of American Flags Honor the Fallen of 9/11 on the Grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meanwhile, associations representing property owners continue to work with the GBRA on plans to replace the aging infrastructure by partially funding new spill gates through a special taxing district the groups are working to create. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "Judge temporarily halts draining of four Guadalupe River lakes," 11 Sep. 2019 Already, crews have replaced more than 11 miles of aging landing mat fencing with the 30-foot bollards east of the border city of San Luis. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Second border wall replacement project starts in Yuma, uses military funds," 10 Sep. 2019 The process of clearing space for parking involves demolishing five aging buildings on the site. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "County unveils plans for Mt. Woodson parking lots," 6 Sep. 2019 But even then the process still has hurdles: The aging commission would need to conduct a new home assessment for meals to resume. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Starving seniors: America is failing to feed its aging citizens, which is costly to them and to everyone else," 5 Sep. 2019 As a result, female veterans may have additional caregiving responsibilities (for children, aging parents or veteran spouses) that do not allow for a traditional work schedule. CNN, "America has failed our female veterans. Here's how we can fix it," 24 Aug. 2019 And that might also explain the rise in the share of older adults who double-up, although Resnick suspects that more children are taking in aging parents. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Number of households who double-up still moving up in Colorado," 22 Aug. 2019 As more generations of a family elect to live under one roof -- for convenience, to consolidate housing expenses and to be together -- designers, developers and builders are offering homes within homes, for grown children and aging parents. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: Designing one house for two generations," 30 July 2019 The majority of family leave is taken for individual care or to provide for another loved one, like an aging parent. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Oregon could soon have nation's most progressive paid family leave law, will the US follow?," 28 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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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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