Variant of aging.
- (Australia, New Zealand, UK) Present participle of age.
- (Australia, New Zealand, UK) The process of becoming older or more mature.
- (Australia, New Zealand, UK) The deliberate act of making something (such as an antique) appear older than it is.
- (Australia, New Zealand, UK, gerontology) Becoming senescent; accumulating damage to macromolecules, cells, tissues and organs with the passage of time.
- (Australia, New Zealand, UK) Becoming elderly.
- The ageing artist could no longer steadily hold the brush.
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
having reached the age when one has full legal rights