age


age
/eɪdʒ / (say ayj)

noun
1. the length of time during which a being or thing has existed; length of life or existence to the time spoken of or referred to: his age is 20 years; a tree of unknown age.
2. the lifetime of an individual, or of the individuals of a class or species on an average: the age of the horse is from 25 to 30 years.
3. a period of human life, usually marked by a certain stage of physical or mental development, especially a degree of development, measured by years from birth, which involves legal responsibility and capacity: the age of discretion; the age of consent.
4. the particular period of life at which one becomes naturally or conventionally qualified or disqualified for anything: under age for driving; over age for conscription.
5. one of the periods or stages of human life: a person of middle age.
6. old age: his eyes were dim with age.
7. a particular period of history, as distinguished from others; a historical epoch: the age of Pericles; the Stone Age; the Middle Ages.
8. the people who live at a particular period.
9. a generation or a succession of generations: ages yet unborn.
10. Colloquial a great length of time: it's been an age since I saw you; it could be ages before we go back there again.
11. Psychology the comparative mental, emotional, or other development of a person expressed by equating performance in various tests to the average age at which the same result is attained.
12. Geology a long or short part of the world's history distinguished by special features: the Ice Age.
13. any one of the stages in the history of humankind divided, according to Greek didactic poet Hesiod, fl. 8th century BC, into the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages. The happiest and best was the first (or golden) age, and the worst the iron age.
verb (aged, ageing or aging)
verb (i)
14. to grow old; develop the characteristics of old age: he is ageing rapidly.
verb (t)
15. to make old; cause to grow old or to seem old: fear aged him overnight.
16. to bring to maturity or to a state fit for use: to age wine.
phrase
17. act (or be) one's age, Colloquial to behave in a manner in keeping with that expected of someone's age.
18. for an age or for ages, for a long period of time.
19. of age, Law being of an age, usually 21 or 18, at which certain legal rights, as of voting or marriage, are acquired.
{Middle English, from Old French aage, earlier e(d)age, from Latin aetas + suffix -āticum -age}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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