- 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.
- a period of the history of the earth distinguished by some special feature: the Ice Age.
- 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.
- to grow old: He is aging rapidly.
- to mature, as wine, cheese, or wood: a heavy port that ages slowly.
- 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.
- being any of several ages, usually 21 or 18, at which certain legal rights, as voting or marriage, are acquired.
- being old enough for full legal rights and responsibilities.
Origin of age
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Examples from the Web for ageing
Proponents of the Warthog, however, argue that the ageing plane has no equal in supporting troops on the ground.American Warplane’s Forgotten Nazi Past
October 12, 2014
For me, what was most moving was his terrible fear of ageing and his extreme dislike of his own appearance.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
September 14, 2014
The Netherlands humiliates an ageing Spain, while the world looks on in disbelief.Dutch Treat: The Netherlands Sinks Spain In World Cup 2014
June 13, 2014
Despite the anguish, she was careful to maintain her responsibilities to her own children and ageing parents.The Woman Who Saved Syria’s Jews
March 17, 2014
When I ask how he feels about ageing and his mortality now, Strub smiles.Sean Strub: Sex, AIDS, Politics and Survival
January 27, 2014
My niece (as I once called her) mortified me unintentionally; she said I was ageing.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
You can easily overtake me on the road, for you are young, and I am ageing and go softly.The Wind in the Willows
She too had altered: the scandal was ageing her, and Ansell came to the house daily.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
Perhaps Hals was degenerating with the passing age—certainly he was ageing.Franz Hals
The crude logwood is generally subjected to a process of fermentation or "ageing."Leather
K. J. Adcock
- the process of growing old or developing the appearance and characteristics of old age
- the change of properties that occurs in some metals after heat treatment or cold working
- becoming or appearing older or elderlyan ageing car
- giving or creating the appearance of age or elderlinessthat dress is really ageing on her
- 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
- a period or state of human lifehe should know better at his age; she had got beyond the giggly age
- (as modifier)age group
- the latter part of life
- a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era
- (capital when part of a name)the Middle Ages; the Space Age
- generationthe Edwardian age
- geology palaeontol
- a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristicsthe age of reptiles
- 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)
- 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 and History for ageing
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.
- The length of time that one has existed; duration of life.
- To become old.
- To manifest traits associated with old age.
Idioms and Phrases with ageing
see act one's age; coon's age; golden age; in this day and age; of age; ripe old age; under age.