- 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.
verb (used without object), aged, ag·ing or age·ing.
verb (used with object), aged, ag·ing or age·ing.
- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of ages
Seventy-two adults between the ages of 18 and 50 are participating in the trial, led by the pediatrics department at Oxford.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
There are about 80 million Americans between the ages of 18-34 and next year they are expected to spend $2.45 trillion.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study 28 percent of Jews ages 18 to 49 keep kosher inside their homes.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed
December 17, 2014
According to a 2012 UNAIDS report, youth between the ages of 16 to 25 account for 40 percent of all new adult HIV infections.The New Face of HIV Is Gay & Young
December 1, 2014
Overall, young African Americans are killed by cops 4.5 times more often than people of other races and ages.The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of ages
"Grandma Loekermann did it at the convent, ages ago," she told him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
We have exacted from him what is at variance with the fixed Chinese policy of ages.
Both sexes, and all ages, are busy at all times in the mysteries of the gaming-table.
She had much to learn in this direction yet—as who has not who is ages in advance of life?Weighed and Wanting
There should be a series of Coming of Ages for every individual.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
- a period or state of human lifehe should know better at his age; she had got beyond the giggly age
- (as modifier)age group
- a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era
- (capital when part of a name)the Middle Ages; the Space Age
- 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
verb ages, ageing, aging or aged
Word Origin for age
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.
see act one's age; coon's age; golden age; in this day and age; of age; ripe old age; under age.