wage

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noun

1
a
: 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 deathRomans 6:23 (Revised Standard Version)
wageless adjective

wage

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verb

waged; waging

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.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Between 2013 and 2022, extreme heat cost the state $7.7 billion in lost wages, decreased productivity, agricultural and manufacturing disruptions, power outages, and damages to infrastructure. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 10 July 2024 Proposition 32 would increase that, building off recent wage increases in specific sectors, including $20 for fast food workers. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2024
Verb
Phoenix could see a new mayor and three city councilmembers in 2024, but the fiercest competition will be waged over the vacant seat where a new councilmember is guaranteed. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 11 July 2024 Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have declared their readiness to shift focus to the northern front, openly discussing waging an offensive in Lebanon, in the throes of a crisis that has consumed the region. Aron Solomon, Newsweek, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for wage 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

wage

1 of 2 verb
waged; waging
1
: to engage in or carry on
wage war
wage a campaign
2
: to be in the process of occurring
the battle waged for hours

wage

2 of 2 noun
1
: a payment for work or services usually calculated on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis
often used in plural
2
singular or plural : something given or received because of one's actions : reward

Legal Definition

wage

noun
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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