un·​der·​age | \ ˌən-dər-ˈāj \

Definition of underage

1 : of less than mature or legal age
2 : done by or involving underage persons underage drinking

Examples of underage in a Sentence

They were not allowed into the club because they were underage.

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But intent is not enough, the numbers are what matter, and the numbers tell us underage use of e-cigarette products is a problem. Juliet Chung, WSJ, "Juul’s Soaring Valuation Is a Boon for Hedge Funds," 13 Dec. 2018 Under Wednesday’s announcement, the five largest e-cigarette manufacturers will have 60 days to produce plans to stop underage use of their products. Fox News, "Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban," 13 Sep. 2018 She is accused of assaulting a then-underage former child star in a California hotel room in 2013, The New York Times reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Rose McGowan heartbroken over report Asia Argento made deal to pay her own sexual assault accuser," 20 Aug. 2018 Because they were based on underage actors, those photorealistic depictions were legally no different than child pornography. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal," 6 Dec. 2018 Several victims told police that she was involved in orgies with Epstein and underage girls. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 2018 Every year, 12 million underage girls around the globe are married. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "This New Charity Is Using Some of the Wedding Industry's $100 Billion to Fight Child Marriage," 8 Oct. 2018 An update to Twitter’s terms of service that was made months ago is still locking users out of the platform for being underage — even though some are in their mid-20s. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Twitter is banning users who created their accounts while underage," 24 July 2018 Now, the platform has been used by people hoping to win big dowries by selling an underage girl. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Facebook used to auction off a teenage girl for marriage in South Sudan," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of underage

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of underage

: too young to do something legally

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