WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
age /eɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  aged, ag•ing or age•ing. 
n. 
  1. the length of time during which a being or thing has existed;
    length of life or existence: [uncountable]Trees of unknown age.[countable]Their ages are 10 and 13.
  2. a period of human life, measured by years from birth, when a person is regarded as having certain powers or being qualified for certain privileges or responsibilities:[uncountable]has reached the age of reason;is under the legal drinking age;was over the age of military service.
  3. one of the periods or stages of human life:[uncountable]a person of middle age.
  4. [uncountable] advanced years;
    old age: His eyes were dim with age.
  5. a generation or a series of generations:[countable]the ages not yet born.
  6. the period of history in which an individual lives:[countable;  often singular]the most famous architect of the age.
  7. a particular period of history;
    a historical epoch:[countable;  often: Age]the Bronze Age.
  8. a long period of time:[countable;  often plural]I haven't seen you for ages.
  9. average life expectancy:[countable]The ages of different species of horses vary from 25 to 30 years.

v. 
  1. to (cause to) grow old: [no object]She is aging gracefully.[~ + object]Worry aged him overnight.
  2. to (cause to) come to maturity: [no object]The wine aged in great wooden barrels.[+ object]cheese aged for at least three years.
Idioms
  1. Law be or come of age, to reach an age at which one may vote, etc., as specified by law:had to be of age to drink beer legally.

    age is both a noun and a verb, aged and aging are adjectives but they can also be used as plural nouns:His age is twenty-one. He aged dramatically during the crisis. The aged have rights, too. The aging generation needs a variety of social services.

-age, suffix.  -age is used to form noncount mass or abstract nouns:
  • It is used to form nouns from other nouns, with meanings such as "collection'' ( coinage = a collection or group of coins) and "quantity or measure'' ( footage = quantity of feet in measurement).
  • It is also used to form nouns from verbs, with meanings such as "process'' ( coverage = the act or process of covering), "the outcome of, the fact of '' or "the physical effect or remains of '' ( spoilage = the result of spoiling;
    wreckage = the remains of wrecking), and "amount charged'' ( towage = charge for towing;
    postage = amount charged for posting, that is, sending through the mail).

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    age  (āj),USA pronunciation n., v.,  aged, ag•ing  or age•ing. 
    n. 
    1. the length of time during which a being or thing has existed;
      length of life or existence to the time spoken of or referred to:trees of unknown age; His age is 20 years.
    2. a period of human life, measured by years from birth, usually marked by a certain stage or degree of mental or physical development and involving legal responsibility and capacity:the age of discretion;the age of consent;The state raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 years.
    3. the particular period of life at which a person becomes naturally or conventionally qualified or disqualified for anything:He was over age for military duty.
    4. one of the periods or stages of human life:a person of middle age.
    5. advanced years;
      old age:His eyes were dim with age.
    6. a particular period of history, as distinguished from others;
      a historical epoch:the age of Pericles;the Stone Age;the age of electronic communications.
    7. the period of history contemporary with the span of an individual's life:He was the most famous architect of the age.
    8. a generation or a series of generations:ages yet unborn.
    9. a great length of time:I haven't seen you for an age. He's been gone for ages.
    10. the average life expectancy of an individual or of the individuals of a class or species:The age of a horse is from 25 to 30 years.
    11. Psychologythe level of mental, emotional, or educational development of a person, esp. a child, as determined by various tests and based on a comparison of the individual's score with the average score for persons of the same chronological age.
    12. Geology
      • a period of the history of the earth distinguished by some special feature:the Ice Age.
      • a unit of geological time, shorter than an epoch, during which the rocks comprising a stage were formed.
    13. any of the successive periods in human history divided, according to Hesiod, into the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages.
    14. Games[Cards.]
      • [Poker.]the first player at the dealer's left. Cf. edge (def. 10a).
      • See  eldest hand. 
    15. Lawof age: 
      • being any of several ages, usually 21 or 18, at which certain legal rights, as voting or marriage, are acquired.
      • being old enough for full legal rights and responsibilities.

    v.i. 
    1. to grow old:He is aging rapidly.
    2. to mature, as wine, cheese, or wood:a heavy port that ages slowly.

    v.t. 
    1. to make old;
      cause to grow or seem old:Fear aged him overnight.
    2. to bring to maturity or a state fit for use:to age wine.
    3. Electricityto store (a permanent magnet, a capacitor, or other similar device) so that its electrical or magnetic characteristics become constant.
    • Latin aetātem accusative of ae(vi)tās age; aev(um) time, lifetime + -itās -ity) + -age -age; (verb, verbal) Middle English agen, derivative of the noun, nominal
    • Anglo-French, Old French aage, eage, equivalent. to (
    • (noun, nominal) Middle English 1225–75
      • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Age, epoch, era, period all refer to an extent of time.
        Age usually implies a considerable extent of time, esp. 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.
      • 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ripen, mellow, develop.

    -age, 
  • a suffix typically forming mass or abstract nouns from various parts of speech, occurring originally in loanwords from French (voyage;
    courage
    ) and productive in English with the meanings "aggregate'' (coinage;
    peerage;
    trackage
    ), "process'' (coverage;
    breakage
    ), "the outcome of '' as either "the fact of '' or "the physical effect or remains of '' (seepage;
    wreckage;
    spoilage
    ), "place of living or business'' (parsonage;
    brokerage
    ), "social standing or relationship'' (bondage;
    marriage;
    patronage
    ), and "quantity, measure, or charge'' (footage;
    shortage;
    tonnage;
    towage
    ).
    • Latin -āticum, neuter of -āticus adjective, adjectival suffix; an extension of Latin -āta -ate1, whose range of senses it reflects closely
    • Old French
    • Middle English

    Ag.E., 
  • Agricultural Engineer.

  • A.G.E., 
  • Education, Associate in General Education.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    age /eɪdʒ/ n
    1. the period of time that a person, animal, or plant has lived or is expected to live
    2. the period of existence of an object, material, group, etc: the age of this table is 200 years
    3. a period or state of human life: he should know better at his age, she had got beyond the giggly age
    4. (as modifier): age group
    5. the latter part of life
    6. a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era
    7. (capital when part of a name): the Middle Ages, the Space Age
    8. generation: the Edwardian age
    9. a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristics: the age of reptiles
    10. the period during which a stage of rock strata is formed; a subdivision of an epoch
    11. (often plural) informal a relatively long time: she was an age washing her hair, I've been waiting ages
    12. the level in years that a person has reached in any area of development, such as mental or emotional, compared with the normal level for his chronological age
    13. of ageadult and legally responsible for one's actions (usually at 18 or, formerly, 21 years)
    vb (ages, ageing, aging, aged)
    1. to grow or make old or apparently old; become or cause to become old or aged
    2. to begin to seem older: to have aged a lot in the past year
    3. to mature or cause to mature
    Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Vulgar Latin aetatīcum (unattested), from Latin aetās, ultimately from aevum lifetime; compare aeon



    -age suffix forming nouns
    1. indicating a collection, set, or group: acreage, baggage
    2. indicating a process or action or the result of an action: haulage, passage, breakage
    3. indicating a state, condition, or relationship: bondage, parentage
    4. indicating a house or place: orphanage
    5. indicating a charge or fee: postage
    6. indicating a rate: dosage, mileage
    Etymology: from Old French, from Late Latin -āticum, noun suffix, neuter of -āticus, adjectival suffix, from -ātus -ate1 + -icus -ic



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    Collocations: aging [gracefully, peacefully, gradually], [young, middle, old] age, part of your (own) age group, more...

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