[ weyj ]
/ weɪdʒ /
Often wages. money that is paid or received for work or services, as by the hour, day, or week.Compare living wage, minimum wage.
Usually wages. Economics. the share of the products of industry received by labor for its work (as distinct from the share going to capital).
Usually wages. (used with a singular or plural verb) recompense or return: The wages of sin is death.
Obsolete. a pledge or security.
verb (used with object), waged, wag·ing.
to carry on (a battle, war, conflict, argument, etc.): to wage war against a nation.
Chiefly British Dialect. to hire.
- to stake or wager.
- to pledge.
verb (used without object), waged, wag·ing.
Obsolete. to contend; struggle.
Origin of wage
Related formswage·less, adjectivewage·less·ness, nounun·der·wage, noun
Can be confusedsalary wages
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British Dictionary definitions for wageless
/ (weɪdʒ) /
- (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
(plural) economics the portion of the national income accruing to labour as earned income, as contrasted with the unearned income accruing to capital in the form of rent, interest, and dividends
(often plural) recompense, return, or yield
an obsolete word for pledge
Derived Formswageless, adjectivewagelessness, noun
Word Origin for wage
C14: from Old Northern French wagier to pledge, from wage, of Germanic origin; compare Old English weddian to pledge, wed
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