Variant of wage
- to engage in or carry on (a war, struggle, campaign, etc.)
- Chiefly Brit., Dialectal to hire
Origin: ME wagen < NormFr wagier (OFr gagier) < wage (OFr gage), a stake, pledge < Frank *wadi, akin to Goth wadi, a pledge: for IE 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
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