age (third-person singular simple present ages, present participle ageing or (US) aging, simple past and past participle aged)
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.1
1.Psychology. the level of mental, emotional, or educational development of a person, especially 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. 1
2.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. 1
3.any of the successive periods in human history divided, according to Hesiod, into the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages. 1
4.Cards. Poker. the first player at the dealer's left.Compare edge (def 10a). eldest hand.
5.to grow old, He is aging rapidly.1
6.to mature, as wine, cheese, or wood, a heavy port that ages slowly.
7.to make old; cause to grow or seem old, Fear aged him overnight.1
8.to bring to maturity or a state fit for use, to age wine.1
9.to store (a permanent magnet, a capacitor, or other similar device) so that its electrical or magnetic characteristics become constant.
20.to expose (a dye or dyed cloth) to steam or humid air in order to fix the dye. 2
1.to stabilize the electrical properties of (a device) by passing current through it.
2.of age, Law. 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.
1.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).
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1. the period of time that a person, animal, or plant has lived or is expected to live, the age of a tree, what age was he when he died?, the age of a horse is up to thirty years
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 (as modifier), age group
4. the latter part of life
5.a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era (capital when part of a name), the Middle Ages, the Space Age
6. generation, the Edwardian age
7. (geology, palaeontol) a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristics, the age of reptiles the period during which a stage of rock strata is formed; a subdivision of an epoch
8. (myth) any of the successive periods in the legendary history of man, which were, according to Hesiod, the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages
9. (often pl) (informal) a relatively long time, she was an age washing her hair, I've been waiting ages
10. (psychol) 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 See also achievement age, mental age1
1. age before beauty, (often said humorously when yielding precedence) older people take precedence over younger people1
2. of age, adult and legally responsible for one's actions (usually at 18 or, formerly, 21 years) verb ages, ageing, aging, aged 1
3. to grow or make old or apparently old; become or cause to become old or aged1
4. to begin to seem older, to have aged a lot in the past year1
5. (brewing) to mature or cause to mature Word OriginC13, via Old French from Vulgar Latin aetatīcum (unattested), from Latin aetās, ultimately from aevum lifetime; compare aeon -age suffix
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 Word Originfrom Old French, from Late Latin -āticum, noun suffix, neuter of -āticus, adjectival suffix, from -ātus-ate1 + -icus-icCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 13c., "long but indefinite period in human history," from Old French aage (11c., Modern French âge) "age; life, lifetime, lifespan; maturity," earlier edage, from Vulgar Latin *aetaticum (source of Spanish edad, Italian eta, Portuguese idade "age"), from Latin aetatem (nominative aetas), "period of life, age, lifetime, years," from aevum "lifetime, eternity, age," from PIE root *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (see eon). Meaning "time something has lived, particular length or stage of life" is from early 14c. Used especially for "old age" since early 14c. Expelled native eld.
"to grow old," late 14c., from age (n.). Meaning "to make old" is early 15c. Related, Aged; aging.
word-forming element in nouns of act, process, function, condition, from Old French and French -age, from Late Latin -aticum "belonging to, related to," originally neuter adjectival suffix, from Latin -atus, pp. suffix of verbs of the first conjugation.
1. agricultural engineer
2. agricultural engineering The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third EditionCopyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Cite This Source
see, act one's age coon's age golden age in this day and age of age ripe old age under age The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source
He looked to be about her age and his blond hair was neatly combed into a fashionable style.
Most of the boys she dated would never have thought of practicing the age-old custom of walking around the car to open her door, or guiding her through the crowd with a gentle hand on one elbow.
Kind of makes you wonder what they were up to when she was my age, doesn't it?
A woman your age ought to be looking for a husband – or already married, not chasing all over creation in pants, trying to act like a man.
I was sowing wild oats at that age and not thinking clearly.
At her age, the words sounded strange.
Blood-bound Oracles your age and ability?
The children were all elementary age, their dismembered bodies nothing but carnage.
"I have a son about your age," Cynthia said.
Until she was of age, Josh's sister, Alice, and her husband would live on the farm and maintain it.
She listened to his rant, peppered with language no kid Toby's age should hear.
Even at such a young age, Rhyn.s features were troubled and somber, as if he knew what kind of a life awaited him.
She looked younger than Talal, and he wondered what her age might have been.
They came to her willingly, and Dorothy passed her hands over their faces and forms and decided one was a girl of about her own age and the other a boy somewhat smaller.
When eight years of age he was the best scholar at the famous school at Harrow.
World War II ushered in the age of nuclear weapons.
We also visited the anthropological department, and I was much interested in the relics of ancient Mexico, in the rude stone implements that are so often the only record of an age--the simple monuments of nature's unlettered children (so I thought as I fingered them) that seem bound to last while the memorials of kings and sages crumble in dust away--and in the Egyptian mummies, which I shrank from touching.
The orator yields to the inspiration of a transient occasion, and speaks to the mob before him, to those who can hear him; but the writer, whose more equable life is his occasion, and who would be distracted by the event and the crowd which inspire the orator, speaks to the intellect and health of mankind, to all in any age who can understand him.
Apparently she had forgotten her age and by force of habit employed all the old feminine arts.
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