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[ey-jid for 1, 2, 5, 6; eyjd for 1, 3, 4] /ˈeɪ dʒɪd for 1, 2, 5, 6; eɪdʒd for 1, 3, 4/
having lived or existed long; of advanced age; old:
an aged man; an aged tree.
pertaining to or characteristic of old age:
aged wrinkles.
of the age of:
a man aged 40 years.
brought to maturity or mellowness, as wine, cheese, or wood:
aged whiskey.
Physical Geography. old; approaching the state of peneplain.
(used with a plural verb) old people collectively (usually preceded by the):
We must have improved medical care for the aged.
Origin of aged
1375-1425; late Middle English. See age, -ed2
Related forms
agedly, adverb
agedness, noun
preaged, adjective
unaged, adjective
well-aged, adjective
1. ancient. See old.
1. young.


[eyj] /eɪdʒ/
the length of time during which a being or thing has existed; length of life or existence to the time spoken of or referred to:
trees of unknown age; His age is 20 years.
a period of human life, measured by years from birth, usually marked by a certain stage or degree of mental or physical development and involving legal responsibility and capacity:
the age of discretion; the age of consent; The state raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 years.
the particular period of life at which a person becomes naturally or conventionally qualified or disqualified for anything:
He was over age for military duty.
one of the periods or stages of human life:
a person of middle age.
advanced years; old age:
His eyes were dim with age.
a particular period of history, as distinguished from others; a historical epoch:
the age of Pericles; the Stone Age; the age of electronic communications.
the period of history contemporary with the span of an individual's life:
He was the most famous architect of the age.
a generation or a series of generations:
ages yet unborn.
a great length of time:
I haven't seen you for an age. He's been gone for ages.
the average life expectancy of an individual or of the individuals of a class or species:
The age of a horse is from 25 to 30 years.
Psychology. the level of mental, emotional, or educational development of a person, especially a child, as determined by various tests and based on a comparison of the individual's score with the average score for persons of the same chronological age.
  1. a period of the history of the earth distinguished by some special feature:
    the Ice Age.
  2. a unit of geological time, shorter than an epoch, during which the rocks comprising a stage were formed.
any of the successive periods in human history divided, according to Hesiod, into the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages.
  1. Poker. the first player at the dealer's left.
    Compare edge (def 10a).
  2. eldest hand.
verb (used without object), aged, aging or ageing.
to grow old:
He is aging rapidly.
to mature, as wine, cheese, or wood:
a heavy port that ages slowly.
verb (used with object), aged, aging or ageing.
to make old; cause to grow or seem old:
Fear aged him overnight.
to bring to maturity or a state fit for use:
to age wine.
to store (a permanent magnet, a capacitor, or other similar device) so that its electrical or magnetic characteristics become constant.
to expose (a dye or dyed cloth) to steam or humid air in order to fix the dye.
to stabilize the electrical properties of (a device) by passing current through it.
of age, Law.
  1. being any of several ages, usually 21 or 18, at which certain legal rights, as voting or marriage, are acquired.
  2. being old enough for full legal rights and responsibilities.
1225-75; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French aage, eage, equivalent to (< Latin aetātem accusative of ae(vi)tās age; aev(um) time, lifetime + -itās -ity) + -age -age; (v.) Middle English agen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
interage, adjective
preage, verb, preaged, preaging.
subage, noun
unaging, adjective
16. ripen, mellow, develop.
Synonym Study
6. Age, epoch, era, period all refer to an extent of time. Age usually implies a considerable extent of time, especially one associated with a dominant personality, influence, characteristic, or institution: the age of chivalry. Epoch and era are often used interchangeably to refer to an extent of time characterized by changed conditions and new undertakings: an era (or epoch) of invention. epoch sometimes refers especially to the beginning of an era: the steam engine—an epoch in technology. A period may be long or short, but usually has a marked condition or feature: the glacial period; a period of expansion. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for aged
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Historical Examples
  • The aged philosopher endeavoured to speak, but his voice was tremulous with emotion.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • He is aged for such a journey, if you came from the Forest since morn.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • There was, in every room, an aged smell, grown faint with confinement.

    To be Read at Dusk Charles Dickens
  • The aged mother of this family, and the three daughters, are still living.

    Biographical Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He so humble, so aged, so loth to take our money—and yet a villain and a cheat.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for aged


  1. advanced in years; old
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the aged
of, connected with, or characteristic of old age
(postpositive) (eɪdʒd). having the age of: a woman aged twenty
(geography) (not in technical use) having reached an advanced stage of erosion


the period of time that a person, animal, or plant has lived or is expected to live: the age of a tree, what age was he when he died?, the age of a horse is up to thirty years
the period of existence of an object, material, group, etc: the age of this table is 200 years
  1. a period or state of human life: he should know better at his age, she had got beyond the giggly age
  2. (as modifier): age group
the latter part of life
  1. a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era
  2. (capital when part of a name): the Middle Ages, the Space Age
generation: the Edwardian age
(geology, palaeontol)
  1. a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristics: the age of reptiles
  2. the period during which a stage of rock strata is formed; a subdivision of an epoch
(myth) any of the successive periods in the legendary history of man, which were, according to Hesiod, the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages
(often pl) (informal) a relatively long time: she was an age washing her hair, I've been waiting ages
(psychol) the level in years that a person has reached in any area of development, such as mental or emotional, compared with the normal level for his chronological age See also achievement age, mental age
age before beauty, (often said humorously when yielding precedence) older people take precedence over younger people
of age, adult and legally responsible for one's actions (usually at 18 or, formerly, 21 years)
verb ages, ageing, aging, aged
to grow or make old or apparently old; become or cause to become old or aged
to begin to seem older: to have aged a lot in the past year
(brewing) to mature or cause to mature
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Vulgar Latin aetatīcum (unattested), from Latin aetās, ultimately from aevum lifetime; compare aeon
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Word Origin and History for aged

"having lived long," mid-15c., past participle adjective from age (v.). Meaning "having been allowed to get old" (of cheese, etc.) is by 1873. Meaning "of the age of" is from 1630s. Aged Parent is from "Great Expectations" (1860-61).



"to grow old," late 14c., from age (n.). Meaning "to make old" is early 15c. Related: Aged; aging.



late 13c., "long but indefinite period in human history," from Old French aage (11c., Modern French âge) "age; life, lifetime, lifespan; maturity," earlier edage, from Vulgar Latin *aetaticum (source of Spanish edad, Italian eta, Portuguese idade "age"), from Latin aetatem (nominative aetas), "period of life, age, lifetime, years," from aevum "lifetime, eternity, age," from PIE root *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (see eon). Meaning "time something has lived, particular length or stage of life" is from early 14c. Used especially for "old age" since early 14c. Expelled native eld.

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aged in Medicine

age (āj)
The length of time that one has existed; duration of life. v.

  1. To become old.

  2. To manifest traits associated with old age.

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