Age Definition

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aged, ageing, ages, aging
noun
ages
The length of time that a person or thing has existed.
A man 23 years of age; wanted to know the age of the house.
American Heritage
The time that a person or a thing has existed since birth or beginning.
Webster's New World
The time of life when a person becomes qualified to assume certain civil and personal rights and responsibilities, usually at 18 or 21 years; legal age.
Under age; of age.
American Heritage
A stage of life.
She is at the awkward age.
Webster's New World
One of the stages of life.
The age of adolescence; at an awkward age.
American Heritage
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verb
aged, ageing, ages, aging
To cause to become old or to show the signs of becoming old.
The stress of the office visibly aged the president.
American Heritage
To grow old or show signs of growing old.
Webster's New World
To make, or make seem, old or mature.
Webster's New World
To cause to mature or ripen under controlled conditions.
Aging wine.
American Heritage
To ripen or become mature.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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suffix
Collection; mass.
Sewerage.
American Heritage
Amount.
Footage.
American Heritage
Relationship; connection.
Parentage.
American Heritage
Condition; state.
Vagabondage.
American Heritage
An action.
Blockage.
American Heritage
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Act, condition, or result of.
Marriage, cleavage, usage.
Webster's New World
Amount or number of.
Acreage.
Webster's New World
Cost of.
Postage.
Webster's New World
Place of.
Steerage.
Webster's New World
Collection of.
Peerage, rootage.
Webster's New World
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other

The age, usually determined by statute, at which a person becomes legally capable of becoming a party to a contract, executing a testamentary document (such as a trust or will), initiate a lawsuit without a guardian, and so on. See capacity.

Webster's New World Law
The age, usually determined by statute, below which a person may not marry without parental consent. See also consent.
Webster's New World Law

The age, usually determined by statute, below which a person is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse. See consent and rape.

Webster's New World Law
The age, usually determined by statute, at which a person attains full civil, legal, and political rights. See also age of consent.
Webster's New World Law
The age, usually determined by statute, below which a child cannot be legally capable of committing a crime.
Webster's New World Law
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idiom
come of age
  • To reach maturity.
American Heritage
of age
  • having reached the age when one has full legal rights
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Age

Noun

Singular:
age
Plural:
ages

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Age

Origin of Age

  • From Middle English age, from Anglo-Norman age, from Old French aage, eage (Modern French âge), from assumed unattested Vulgar Latin *aetāticum, from Latin aetātem, accusative form of aetās, from aevum (“lifetime”). Displaced native Middle English elde (“age”) (modern eld; from Old English eldo, ieldo (“age”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French aage from Vulgar Latin aetāticum from Latin aetās aetāt- age aiw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French from Vulgar Latin -āticum abstract n. suff. from Latin -āticum n. and adj. suff.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • OFr < LL -aticum, belonging to, related to

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

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