aged[ā′jid; for 3 & 4 ājd]
- old; grown old
- characteristic of old age
- brought to a desired state of aging
- of the age of: a boy, aged ten years
- Being of advanced age; old.
- Characteristic of old age.
- Having reached the age of: aged three.
- Brought to a desired ripeness or maturity: aged cheese.
- Geology Approaching the base level of erosion.
(comparative more aged, superlative most aged)
- Undergone the effects of time, improving as a result.
- (uncountable) Old people, collectively.
- Simple past tense and past participle of age.
- Having the age of.
- Aged 18, he had no idea what would happen next.
Variant of age
- 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