verb (used with object), waged, wag·ing.
- to stake or wager.
- to pledge.
verb (used without object), waged, wag·ing.
Origin of wage
Related formswage·less, adjectivewage·less·ness, nounun·der·wage, noun
Can be confusedsalary wages
Examples from the Web for wage
The wage structure of waiting tables is a sexual-harassment machine.
Not only do dancers not get an hourly wage, they are usually forced to pay ‘stage fees’ to work each shift.Oregon’s Stripper Lobby: Legislators Ask Exotic Dancers for Help With Strip Club Bill|Mary Emily O’Hara|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Scotland, hourly wage inequality matches the rest of the United Kingdom once the skew of London is factored out.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is time to wage campaigns based on competing ideas, values, and proposals.
The wage gave Clara and her women friends a measure of independence—on a day off they could pretty much do as they liked.
It was reserved for Rationalism to accept and harmonise the double truth, and to wage war against both infallibilities.The Book Of God|G. W. Foote
So I figger we can get several wagon-loads of "Wage of Sin" at fifty cents per volume.'Kilo|Ellis Parker Butler
If he could work without food his wage would be reduced to the vanishing point.Labor and Freedom|Eugene V. Debs
So I take my wage le maître he give, and exchange for the traps.Winter Adventures of Three Boys|Egerton R. Young
Wage rates to be periodically revised to correspond with variations in the cost of living.
British Dictionary definitions for wage
- (often plural) payment in return for work or services, esp that made to workmen on a daily, hourly, weekly, or piece-work basisCompare salary
- (as modifier)wage freeze