age

[ eyj ]
/ eɪdʒ /
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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.


Nearby words

  1. agaze,
  2. agaña,
  3. agba,
  4. agc,
  5. agcy.,
  6. age allowance,
  7. age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / her infinite variety,
  8. age group,
  9. age hardening,
  10. 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

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for aging

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

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Word Origin and History for aging
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Medicine definitions for aging

aging

[ ājĭng ]

n.

The process of growing old or maturing.
The gradual changes in the structure of a mature organism that occur normally over time and increase the probability of death.

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 aging

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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