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 In Bangladesh, for example, where the average wage of garment workers increased significantly during the 2010s, pay fell by 289 Bangladesh taka (USD $3.4), or about 3% in 2020. Michael Posner, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The picture that has emerged illustrates work environments reminiscent of those in the lowest-wage industries in our society. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, 19 Oct. 2021 In Washington state, the median hourly wage for home health and personal care aides stood at more than $15 per hour. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 19 Oct. 2021 The Gardner Institute estimates that the monthly wage for leisure and hospitality employees in Washington County is only $1,572, just over $9 an hour or nearly $20,000 annually. K. Sophie Will, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 Workers in those traditionally lower-wage industries may be getting better-paying jobs elsewhere, or switching to jobs that don't involve dealing with customers. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 13 Oct. 2021 The average wage for San Antonio workers was $23.81 an hour as of May 2020, below the national average of $27.07 an hour, according to the most recent figures available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Oct. 2021 Entry-level crew members, such as script coordinators, make $15 to $18 an hour, while the living wage in Los Angeles, where many studios are located, is $19.35 an hour, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s living-wage calculator. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 The starting wage for the Indianapolis positions is $17.80, according to a Target spokesperson. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Absent a more clear declaration from the Supreme Court, LGBTQ people like Easter have continued to wage their battles in court. NBC News, 16 Oct. 2021 Funny how things change: A few months ago, then-Senate Leader Mitch McConnell blasted the Democrats for wanting to wage war on fossil fuels. chicagotribune.com, 9 Oct. 2021 The union has also been reluctant to wage public battles, preferring to maintain a more congenial relationship with the studios. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 In recent years, several meat companies have been accused of antitrust violations, from inflating prices to wage fixing, by the Justice Department. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 In 2011, in a poor quality audio recording, a voice identified as that of Moammar Gadhafi called on Libyans to take to the streets and wage a campaign of civil disobedience against the country’s new leader. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2021 The second phase was Internationalist, as first Bush rhetorically and then Barack Obama in practice tried to wage a campaign that balanced democracy promotion, multilateralism, and signature strikes as a counterterrorism strategy. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2021 Toyota has also begun to wage a campaign of FUD—fear, uncertainty, and doubt—to cast EVs as unreliable and undesirable. Tim De Chant, Wired, 28 July 2021 But some challengers have actually raised the money to wage a credible campaign even without Trump's endorsement. Manu Raju And Alex Rogers, CNN, 16 July 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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23 Oct 2021

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“Wage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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