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.

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 The vacation giant Vail Resorts announced a $15 starting hourly wage for 14 of its ski areas last summer, boosting pay for thousands of its workers across the United States. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 The direct beneficiaries of this change would be hourly wage workers, who could potentially earn more overtime pay. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 3 Jan. 2022 Kawasaki has begun offering more consistent hours, an $18.10 starting hourly wage and a tuition reimbursement program. Grant Schulte, ajc, 19 Dec. 2021 Minimum hourly wage workers in Colorado will receive $12.56 next year, compared with $12.32 now. Tami Luhby, CNN, 20 Nov. 2021 Throughout 2021, until early September when the federal programs ended, industries requiring low skilled/low wage workers (leisure/hospitality, retail…) were competing with very generous federal unemployment subsidies. Robert Barone, Forbes, 16 Oct. 2021 Middle income and lower wage workers increasingly can't find places to live in the growing the suburb, officials said. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Oct. 2021 Unemployment insurance was set up to serve full-time wage workers earning steady paychecks who suddenly get laid off through no fault of their own. Cezary Podkul, ProPublica, 10 Sep. 2021 The city is currently debating whether to raise the lifeguard starting hourly wage of $9.55, but Abbruzzese isn’t convinced that that alone will solve the issue. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The demagogue panders to the negative emotions of the crowd, pretending to be the champion of the people, to wage war against the Constitution, the legal order, and the democratic political process that belong to the people. Jamie Raskin, The New Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 That charter, drawn up by the American occupiers after World War II, forbids Japan to wage war except in self-defense. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 These cells determine a specific course of action for fighting foreign substances and help wage war. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2021 In 1973, Congress overrode President Richard Nixon’s veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive’s power to wage war without congressional approval. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Nov. 2021 Following Gramsci’s lead, critical race theory has used mainstream concepts such as equality and inclusion to wage a highly effective war of position against liberal ideology. William A. Galston, WSJ, 20 July 2021 And the small armies of outside groups organized to wage war over a president’s judicial nominees have mostly held their fire. John Fritze, USA Today, 13 May 2021 Morrison, his father-in-law, Pete Musico, 44, and Paul Bellar, 23, were expected to wage a case at having their charges dismissed Monday, citing entrapment. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, 21 Dec. 2021 The three lawmakers argued that sending the tranche — including 280 air-to-air missiles and nearly 600 missile launchers — would reward the Saudi government for continuing to wage war in Yemen. New York Times, 7 Dec. 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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“Wage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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