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 wageless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for wage

Synonyms: Noun

emolument, hire, packet [British], pay, paycheck, pay envelope, payment, salary, stipend

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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

Now those same government workers are protesting over the potential cuts to their wages that donors say are needed to stabilize the economy. Jane Ferguson, The New Yorker, "Why Lebanon’s People Are Turning on Their Politicians," 12 July 2019 There were times when her parents couldn’t find work, and the family survived on her wages of $16 a week. Diana Marcum, latimes.com, "Ridgecrest is isolated. But massive earthquakes show it’s not alone," 11 July 2019 An investigative report by MLK-50 and ProPublica last week explored how the hospital has been suing low-income patients and employees over outstanding bills, even using the legal system to garnish their wages. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 The budget office found that some 17 million workers now earning less than $15 would see their wages boosted, and another 10 million already at that pay level could also benefit. Lisa Mascaro, The Denver Post, "Hiking minimum wage to $15 would boost millions, report says," 8 July 2019 Part of what makes paying medical bills so hard for some Methodist employees is that their wages are low, lagging behind several other large employers in the Memphis market. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "Low-Wage Workers Are Being Sued for Unpaid Medical Bills by a Nonprofit Christian Hospital That Employs Them," 28 June 2019 Others sleep in their classrooms or cars, unable to afford rent on their adjunct wage. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "How College Professors Are Fighting for Their Lives," 25 June 2019 My customers are price-sensitive; increases in the wholesale cost of chicken have already forced us to raise menu prices, and there’s not much room to offset even a modest increase in my employees’ base wage through further hikes. Larry Fox, WSJ, "The $15 Minimum Wage Will Put Me Out of Business," 21 June 2019 Xunava then was allowed to operate a sewing machine, doubling her monthly wage. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Fleeing Syria, these child refugees become child laborers," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The embattled mayor of Fall River will have to wage another reelection campaign while fighting federal fraud and tax evasion charges. Kellen Browning, BostonGlobe.com, "Trial date for Fall River mayor is set for next year," 25 June 2019 In the 1850s, the Legislature appropriated $1.29 million to wage militia war against California’s Native Americans. George Skelton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In Newsom’s apology to Native Americans, California finally acknowledges the bigotry of its past," 20 June 2019 And the Chinese realise that America can use the supply chain to wage economic war. The Economist, "The technology industry is rife with bottlenecks," 6 June 2019 Watching generations of women in my family wage their battles did not prepare me for hearing those words myself. Alejandra Campoverdi, Glamour, "I Beat Breast Cancer Before I Even Knew I Had It," 29 Apr. 2019 Michael had represented the area on theAdvisory Neighborhood Commission and helped wage a successful fight to get a recreation center reopened. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "This D.C. woman has shown compassion to many, including her son’s killer. Now she could use a little compassion herself.," 22 May 2018 After passing the German parliament last year, the most crucial stipulation of an act to promote wage fairness among genders (Act to Promote Transparency of Pay Structures) is coming into effect on Saturday. Hardy Graupner, USA TODAY, "Want to know what your peers get paid? Some German bosses will have to tell you," 5 Jan. 2018 Players pick a team, build an army, and wage war across a sci-fi landscape. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "AI Keeps Mastering Games, But Can It Win in the Real World?," 27 Feb. 2018 The leader of the chamber's Democrats fired back, demanding that McConnell apologize to Ford for his assertion that Democrats are using the allegations to wage a smear campaign against the nominee. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump echoes Limbaugh warning to GOP to approve Kavanaugh or face midterm fury," 25 Sep. 2018

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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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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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