- Wage is money paid to a worker for work performed, or the price you pay for doing something wrong or unwise.
- If you make $10 per hour at work, this is an example of your wage.
- If the consequences of a lie is punishment, this is an example of a time when the wages of lies are punishment.
- To wage is to conduct or carry on a campaign against something.
When you campaign against higher taxes, this is an example of a time when you wage a campaign against taxation.
This time sheet is used to calculate wages.
transitive verbwaged, waging
- to engage in or carry on (a war, struggle, campaign, etc.)
- Chiefly Brit., Dialectal to hire
Origin of wageMiddle English wagen ; from Norman French wagier (OFr gagier) ; from wage (OFr gage), a stake, pledge ; from Frankish an unverified form wadi, akin to Gothic wadi, a pledge: for Indo-European base see wed
- money paid to an employee for work done, and usually figured on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis
- what is given in return; recompense; requital: formerly the plural form was often construed as singular: “The wages of sin is death”
- Econ. the share of the total product of industry that goes to labor, as distinguished from the share taken by capital
- A regular payment, usually on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, made by an employer to an employee, especially for manual or unskilled work.
- wages The price of labor in an economy.
- often wages (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A fitting return; a recompense: the wages of sin.
transitive verbwaged waged, wag·ing, wag·es
Origin of wageMiddle English, from Old North French, of Germanic origin.
From Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French wage, a northern variant of Old French gauge, guage (whence modern French gage), itself (possibly through a Vulgar Latin root *wadium) from Frankish *waddi, wadja (cognate with Old English wedd), from Proto-Germanic *wadjÅ, *wadi- (“pledge"), from Proto-Indo-European *wadh- (“to pledge, redeem a pledge"). Akin to Old Norse veÃ¾ja "to pledge", Gothic wadi. Cf. also the doublet gage. More at wed. Possible contributory etylomolgy from from the Old English wÃ¦ge (meaning "weight," as wages at times have been goods or coin measured on a scale).
(third-person singular simple present wages, present participle waging, simple past and past participle waged)
- to wake and wage a danger profitless
- abundance of treasure which he had in store, wherewith he might wage soldiers
- To conduct or carry out (a war or other contest).
- To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
- "Wage" collocates strongly with "war", leading to expressions such as To wage peace, or To wage football implying the inclusion of a large element of conflict in the action.
From Middle English wagen (“to pledge"), from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French wagier, a northern variant of Old French guagier (whence modern French gager), itself either from guage or from a derivative of Frankish *waddi, *wadja, possibly through a Vulgar Latin intermediate *wadiare from *wadium.
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