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age

[ eyj ]
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noun

verb (used without object), aged, ag·ing or age·ing.

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, ag·ing or age·ing.

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RELATED WORDS

youth, maturity, life, generation, millennium, era, date, day, century, develop, mature, grow, deteriorate, infancy, milestone, senility, dotage, majority, boyhood, lifetime

Nearby words

agaze, agaña, agba, agc, agcy., age, age allowance, age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / her infinite variety, age group, age hardening, age of anxiety

Idioms

    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.

Origin of age

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
SYNONYMS FOR age
Related formsin·ter·age, adjectivepre·age, verb, pre·aged, pre·ag·ing.sub·age, nounun·ag·ing, adjective

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.

Definition for age (2 of 4)

-age


a suffix typically forming mass or abstract nouns from various parts of speech, occurring originally in loanwords from French (voyage; courage) and productive in English with the meanings “aggregate” (coinage; peerage; trackage), “process” (coverage; breakage), “the outcome of” as either “the fact of” or “the physical effect or remains of” (seepage; wreckage; spoilage), “place of living or business” (parsonage; brokerage), “social standing or relationship” (bondage; marriage; patronage), and “quantity, measure, or charge” (footage; shortage; tonnage; towage).

Origin of -age

Middle English < Old French < Latin -āticum, neuter of -āticus adj. suffix; an extension of Latin -āta -ate1, whose range of senses it reflects closely

Definition for age (3 of 4)

Ag.E.


Agricultural Engineer.

Definition for age (4 of 4)

A.G.E.


Associate in General Education.
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British Dictionary definitions for age (1 of 2)

age

/ (eɪdʒ) /

noun

verb ages, ageing, aging or aged

Word Origin for age

C13: via Old French from Vulgar Latin aetatīcum (unattested), from Latin aetās, ultimately from aevum lifetime; compare aeon

British Dictionary definitions for age (2 of 2)

-age


suffix forming nouns

indicating a collection, set, or groupacreage; baggage
indicating a process or action or the result of an actionhaulage; passage; breakage
indicating a state, condition, or relationshipbondage; parentage
indicating a house or placeorphanage
indicating a charge or feepostage
indicating a ratedosage; mileage

Word Origin for -age

from Old French, from Late Latin -āticum, noun suffix, neuter of -āticus, adjectival suffix, from -ātus -ate 1 + -icus -ic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for age

age

[ āj ]

n.

The length of time that one has existed; duration of life.

v.

To become old.
To manifest traits associated with old age.
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Idioms and Phrases with age

age


see act one's age; coon's age; golden age; in this day and age; of age; ripe old age; under age.

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