age

[ eyj ]
/ eɪdʒ /

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 forms

in·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 of age

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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Medicine definitions for of 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 of age (1 of 2)

of age

1

Old enough, according to the law, to be eligible for something, as in In this state he's not of age for buying liquor, but he may vote, or Next year Jane's coming of age and will get her driver's license. This usage was first recorded about 1430. The term under age signifies being too young to be eligible, as in It's against the law to serve alcohol to anyone under age.


2

come of age. Mature or develop fully, as in The school's bilingual program has finally come of age.

Idioms and Phrases with of age (2 of 2)

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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