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 wages
On Friday, the stock market hit new highs—even as wages were stagnating.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again|Lloyd Green|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Harping about a Republican war on women while wages stagnate and growth sputters is trivial and desperate.
Annual wages range from $10,000-$13,000, well below the poverty line of $23,000 for a family of four.
Wages are stagnant and middle-class household incomes continue to decline.
The miners themselves went on strike again and again, trying to get their wages raised.
Miss Peasey's wages were in arrears, and he must pay her £4 10s.Plashers Mead|Compton Mackenzie
Them school-bills, you know, I've always paid out o' my wages—that's why Jed let her go.The Underdog|F. Hopkinson Smith
But occasional acts of drunkenness, if the seaman in other respects performs his duty, will not deprive him of his wages.The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana
Yet, at the end of the season, the laborer has usually exhausted his wages and may be in debt to the planter.The Philippine Islands|Ramon Reyes Lala
To be two or three days behind with his wages, for instance, was impossible.White Nights and Other Stories|Fyodor Dostoevsky
British Dictionary definitions for wages
- (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
Derived Formswageless, adjectivewagelessness, noun
Word Origin for wage
Culture definitions for wages
Payment for services to a worker, usually remuneration on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis.