age

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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.


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

Synonyms for age

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.

-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

Ag.E.

Agricultural Engineer.

A.G.E.

Associate in General Education.
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British Dictionary definitions for age

age

noun

the period of time that a person, animal, or plant has lived or is expected to livethe 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, etcthe age of this table is 200 years
  1. a period or state of human lifehe 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
generationthe Edwardian age
geology palaeontol
  1. a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristicsthe 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 plural) informal a relatively long timeshe 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 ageSee 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 or aged

to grow or make old or apparently old; become or cause to become old or aged
to begin to seem olderto have aged a lot in the past year
brewing to mature or cause to mature

Word Origin for age

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

-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
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Word Origin and History for age
n.

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.

v.

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

-age

word-forming element in nouns of act, process, function, condition, from Old French and French -age, from Late Latin -aticum "belonging to, related to," originally neuter adjectival suffix, from Latin -atus, pp. suffix of verbs of the first conjugation.

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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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