- The definition of age is the number of years something has been alive or in existence.
An example of age is being 16 years old.
- Age is defined as a span of years during which some event occurred.
The number of years that ice covered most of the world is an example of an ice age.
- Age means to experience the passage of time or show signs of growing older.
- To allow wine to ferment and develop its flavor over a certain number of years is an example of the process used to age wine.
- An example of age is a person who grows from 15 years old to 60 years old.
This woman's age is 100 years.
- the time that a person or a thing has existed since birth or beginning
- usual or expected life span: the age of a medieval peasant was quite short
- a stage of life: she is at the awkward age
- the condition of being old; old age: wearied with age
- a generation
- any interval of geologic time; specif., a subdivision of an epoch corresponding to the rock strata of a stage ()
- any prehistoric cultural period in human development: the Stone Age
- a period characterized by some person or by some outstanding feature or influence: the Elizabethan Age, the Space Age
- Informal a long time
Origin of ageMiddle English ; from Old French aage ; from Medieval Latin an unverified form aetaticum ; from Classical Latin aetas, contr. ; from aevitas, akin to aevum, age, eternity ; from Indo-European base an unverified form aiw- from source aye
intransitive verbaged, aging or ageing
- to grow old or show signs of growing old
- to ripen or become mature
- to make, or make seem, old or mature
- to cause to ripen or become mature over a period of time under fixed conditions: to age cheese
- act, condition, or result of: marriage, cleavage, usage
- amount or number of: acreage
- cost of: postage
- place of: steerage
- collection of: peerage, rootage
- home of: hermitage
Origin of -ageOld French ; from Late Latin -aticum, belonging to, related to
- a. Collection; mass: sewerage.b. Amount: footage.
- Relationship; connection: parentage.
- Condition; state: vagabondage.
- a. An action: blockage.b. Result of an action: breakage.
- Residence or place of: vicarage.
- Charge or fee: cartage.
Origin of -ageMiddle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *-āticum, abstract n. suff., from Latin -āticum, n. and adj. suff.
- a. The length of time that a person or thing has existed: a man 23 years of age; wanted to know the age of the house.b. The time of life when a person becomes qualified to assume certain civil and personal rights and responsibilities, usually at 18 or 21 years; legal age: under age; of age.c. One of the stages of life: the age of adolescence; at an awkward age.d. The state of being old; old age: hair white with age.
- often Agea. A period of time marked by a distinctive characteristic, achievement, or figure: the Stone Age; the computer age; the Elizabethan Age.b. A period in the history of the earth, usually shorter than an epoch: the Ice Age.
- a. The period of history during which a person lives: a product of his age.b. A generation: ages yet unborn.
- ages Informal An extended period of time: left ages ago.
verbaged aged, ag·ing, ag·es
- To cause to become old or to show the signs of becoming old: The stress of the office visibly aged the president.
- To cause to mature or ripen under controlled conditions: aging wine.
- To change (the characteristics of a device) through use, especially to stabilize (an electronic device).
- To become old or show signs of becoming old: Who doesn't want to age gracefully?
- To develop a certain quality of ripeness; become mature: cheese aging at room temperature.
Origin of ageMiddle English, from Old French aage, from Vulgar Latin *aetāticum, from Latin aetās, aetāt-, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
- The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or other kind; lifetime.
- (uncountable) That part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time; specifically the size of that part.
- What is the present age of a man, or of the earth?
- (uncountable) The latter part of life; an advanced period of life, eld; seniority; state of being old.
- Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age, sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
- (countable) One of the stages of life; as, the age of infancy, of youth, etc.
- (uncountable) Mature age; especially, the time of life at which one attains full personal rights and capacities.
- to come of age; he (she) is of age
- (countable) The time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested.
- the age of consent; the age of discretion
- (countable) A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others.
- the golden age; the age of Pericles
- (countable) A great period in the history of the Earth.
- the Bronze Age was followed by the Iron Age; the Tithonian Age was the last in the Late Jurassic epoch
- (countable) A century; the period of one hundred years.
- The people who live at a particular period.
- (countable) A generation.
- There are three ages living in her house.
- (countable, hyperbolic) A long time.
- It's been an age since we last saw you.
- To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to.
- Grief ages us.
- (figuratively) To postpone an action that would extinguish something, as a debt.
- Money's a little tight right now, let's age our bills for a week or so.
- (accounting) To categorize by age.
- One his first assignments was to age the accounts receivable.
- (intransitive) To grow aged; to become old; to show marks of age.
- He grew fat as he aged.
- G. E. A.
From Middle English age, from Anglo-Norman age, from Old French aage, eage (Modern French âge), from assumed unattested Vulgar Latin *aetāticum, from Latin aetātem, accusative form of aetās, from aevum (“lifetime”). Displaced native Middle English elde (“age”) (modern eld; from Old English eldo, ieldo (“age”)).
age - Legal Definition
- The age, usually determined by statute, below which a person may not marry without parental consent. See also consent.
- The age, usually determined by statute, below which a person is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse. See consent and rape.
- The age, usually determined by statute, below which a child cannot be legally capable of committing a crime.
- The age, usually determined by statute or case law, below which a child cannot be legally capable of committing a tort.