- 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.
- An amount of money paid to a worker for a specified quantity of work, usually expressed on an hourly basis.
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 *wadjō, *wadi- (“pledge”), from Proto-Indo-European *wadh- (“to pledge, redeem a pledge”). Akin to Old Norse veþja "to pledge", Gothic wadi. Cf. also the doublet gage. More at wed. Possible contributory etylomolgy from from the Old English wæge (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)
- "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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