- 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.
Origin of age
Synonyms for age
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Contemporary Examples of aging
He plays an aging punk rocker and I play the drummer from his old band.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
The program—weirdly—is now under the umbrella of ABC News, and is suffering from flat ratings and an aging demographic.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014
December 22, 2014
His big break came in 1992 when an aging cardinal plucked him from his outback and persuaded the Vatican to make him a bishop.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Wielding a curved knife, a young man navigates past the aging structures and into the forest.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
From cognac to bourbon, rye to añejo tequila, many of our beloved spirits spend years aging in wooden casks.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of aging
Yes, my father was aging fast, I would soon be the only breadwinner here.The Harbor
He has, like the aging Emerson, taken in sail; the god Terminus has said to him, "no more."The American Mind
He realized that the nervous strain and anxiety of waiting was aging him.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
The summer began to grow old, and Fairchild felt that he was aging with it.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
He picked up the mental communicator, examining the signs of aging.Millennium
Everett B. Cole
- 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.