wage

noun
\ ˈwāj How to pronounce wage (audio) \

Definition of wage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a payment usually of money for labor or services usually according to contract and on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis often used in plural
b wages plural : the share of the national product attributable to labor as a factor in production
2 : recompense, reward usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction the wages of sin is death — Romans 6:23 (Revised Standard Version)

wage

verb
waged; waging

Definition of wage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to engage in or carry on wage war wage a campaign

intransitive verb

: to be in process of occurring the riot waged for several hoursAmer. Guide Series: Md.

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Other Words from wage

Noun

wageless \ ˈwāj-​ləs How to pronounce wage (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for wage

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of wage in a Sentence

Noun Both of them make decent wages. The table and chairs cost two weeks' wages. The company offers competitive wages and good benefits. The company gave workers a four percent wage increase this year. Verb They waged a guerrilla war against the government. Local activists are waging a campaign to end homelessness in the region.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 117,000 Americans who do that kind of work for a living, at an average wage of just under $15 an hour. Gail Collins New York Times, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Yet other trends have also helped drive the movement toward a $15 wage. Christopher Rugaber, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 July 2021 Yet other trends have also helped drive the movement toward a $15 wage. Christopher Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, 27 July 2021 An estimated 9,000 New Mexico residents work in the industry with an average wage of more than $56,000 annually, according to the state. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 July 2021 Adapting to a virtual format for the second year, the program works with organizations to provide the student leaders an opportunity to gain essential skills while earning a working wage. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, 21 July 2021 The rain started pouring even harder, and the crew — already working 13-hour days, earning a relatively low wage without overtime and paying for festival housing — hit a tipping point. Ashley Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 Hospitals are running dangerously low on supplies, excavators are frantically digging burial plots, and isolating remains impossible for the millions like Suharyanto living on a daily wage. Masrur Jamaluddin, CNN, 17 July 2021 General laborers make $14 an hour, up from a pre-pandemic hourly wage of $10.50. Sarah Chaney Cambon, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If a fight over Taiwan occurs, the Air Force plans to wage conventional warfare against China by flying nuclear-capable aircraft into its airspace—or by launching cruise missiles from outside its airspace from other nuclear-capable aircraft. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Healey, who was the nation’s first openly gay state attorney general, has used her post to wage high-profile battles against the Trump administration and corporations like Purdue Pharma. BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2021 Moore’s predecessor, conservative icon Richard Land, held the post of ERLC president for 25 years, often using it to wage culture wars. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2021 Republicans, pointing to wage growth and low unemployment before the coronavirus pandemic hit, say their tax law contributed to that growth. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2021 Sequencing is helping researchers diagnose and treat rare genetic diseases, wage war against cancer and understand the mindbogglingly complex community of bacteria that live in our gut. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2021 Rather than being sent to fight the war in Korea, however, he was assigned to Germany to wage psychological warfare on unsuspecting Soviets by a personnel officer who had noticed his newspaper background. Kevin Duchschere, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 Is June supposed to be saintly, a Joan of Arc figure given divine blessing to wage a war on her oppressors? Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 2 June 2021 For months, the Taliban has managed to both talk peace and wage war across Afghanistan. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of wage

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for wage

Noun

Middle English, pledge, recompense, from Anglo-French wage, gage, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wetti pledge — more at wed

Verb

Middle English, to offer surety, put up as a stake, hire, from Anglo-French *wager, gager, from wage

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The first known use of wage was in the 14th century

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wag-at-the-wall

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31 Jul 2021

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“Wage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for wage

wage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount of money that a worker is paid based on the number of hours, days, etc., that are worked

wage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to start and continue (a war, battle, etc.) in order to get or achieve something

wage

noun
\ ˈwāj How to pronounce wage (audio) \

Kids Definition of wage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: payment for work done especially when figured by the hour or day

wage

verb
waged; waging

Kids Definition of wage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to engage in : carry on The new police chief vowed to wage a fight against crime.

wage

noun

Legal Definition of wage

1 : a payment usually of money for labor or services usually according to a contract and on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis often used in pl.
2 plural : the share of the national product attributable to labor as a factor in production

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