verb (used with object), waged, wag·ing.
- to stake or wager.
- to pledge.
verb (used without object), waged, wag·ing.
- wage determination,
- wage differential,
- wage earner,
- wage incentive,
- wage scale
Origin of wage
Examples from the Web for waging
Indeed, more than 55,000 Pakistani troops are in Baluchistan waging a war of their own.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
MIAMI — Fidel Castro seized power in January 1959 after waging a guerilla war against then-dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Attkisson, meanwhile, has been fighting the same uphill battle that other investigative reporters are waging.Was Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Too Right-Wing for CBS?|Lloyd Grove|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hoge joined in, waging a proxy battle against a liberal blogger who accused Walker et al. of being scammers.
A nation that not 20 years ago was struggling with malnutrition, Brazil is now waging an all-too-familiar battle of the bulge.Meet the Chef Fighting to Ensure That Brazilians Will Never Be as Fat as Americans|Brandon Presser|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Republicans not only had forsaken the women but were waging open war upon them.The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)|Ida Husted Harper
And he is walking on an old battlefield, reviewing old victories, not knowing that another contest is waging further on.In Our Town|William Allen White
The man gave her no opportunity, so indomitably was he waging his campaign to have her go.The Tyranny of Weakness|Charles Neville Buck
It is an animal of vast size and strength; often waging war with the lion, and frequently with man himself.Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found|Mayne Reid
Whoever can feel the spirit of that cry of satisfaction needs not to be told how just and necessary was the war we were waging.War's Brighter Side|Julian Ralph.
- (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
Word Origin for wage
early 14c., "to pledge, deposit as a pledge," from Old North French wagier (Old French gagier), from wage (see wage (n.)). Meaning "to carry on" (of war, etc.) is attested from mid-15c., probably from earlier sense of "to offer as a gage of battle" (early 15c.). Related: Waged; waging.
c.1300, "a payment for services rendered," also in Middle English "a pledge of security" (mid-14c.), from Old North French wage (Old French guage) "pledge," from Frankish *wadja- (cf. Old English wedd, Gothic wadi "pledge"); see wed. Modern French cognate gages (plural) means "wages of a domestic," one of a plethora of French words for different classes, e.g. traitement (university professor), paye, salaire (workman), solde (soldier), récompense, prix. The Old English word was lean, related to loan and representing the usual Germanic form (cf. Gothic laun, Dutch loon, German lohn).