Wage meaning

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To engage in or carry on (a war, struggle, campaign, etc.)
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(chiefly brit., dial.) To hire.
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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.

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An amount of money paid to a worker for a specified quantity of work, usually expressed on an hourly basis.
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The price of labor in an economy.
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(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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A fitting return; a recompense.

The wages of sin.

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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.

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The payment to an employee, usually based on hours worked or quantity of goods or services produced.
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Shakespeare.

To wake and wage a danger profitless.

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Holinshed.

Abundance of treasure which he had in store, wherewith he might wage soldiers.

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To conduct or carry out (a war or other contest).
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To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
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Money paid to an employee for work done, and usually figured on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis.
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A regular payment, usually on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, made by an employer to an employee, especially for manual or unskilled work.
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To engage in (a war or campaign, for example).
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What is given in return; recompense; requital.

“The wages of sin is death”

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Origin of wage

  • Middle English from Old North French of Germanic origin

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

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary