age


age
age1 W1S1 [eıdʒ] n
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1¦(how old)¦
2¦(legal age)¦
3¦(period of life)¦
4¦(being old)¦
5¦(period of history)¦
6 ages
7 come of age
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: aage, from Vulgar Latin aetaticum, from Latin aetas, from aevum 'lifetime, age']
1.) ¦(HOW OLD)¦ [U and C]
the number of years someone has lived or something has existed
Francis is the same age as me.
Experts disagree over the age of the drawings.
Dad retired at the age of 56.
at age 5/18 etc
In Britain, schooling starts at age 5.
4/15 etc years of age
(=4, 15 etc years old)
She was just over 16 years of age.
at my/your etc age
(=when you are as old as me etc)
At my age, it's quite difficult getting up stairs.
at/from an early age
(=at or from the time when someone is very young)
girls who become mothers at an early age
over/under the age of 5/18 etc
people over the age of 65
of his/her etc own age
(=of the same age as him, her etc)
Kids need friends of their own age to play with.
for his/her etc age
(=compared with other people of the same age)
She's tall for her age, isn't she?
act your age
(=behave in a way that is suitable for how old you are)
It's time you started acting your age, Jeff.
My mother reached the age of 90 (=lived until she was 90) .
children ranging in age from 6 to 17
2.) ¦(LEGAL AGE)¦[U]
the age when you are legally old enough to do something
What's the minimum age for getting a driver's license?
You're not allowed to buy alcohol. You're under age (=too young by law) .
retirement/pension age
(=when you are old enough to stop working or receive a pension)
the normal retirement age of 65
3.) ¦(PERIOD OF LIFE)¦ [U and C]
one of the particular periods of someone's life
→↑old age, middle age ↑middle age, teenage ↑teenage
women of childbearing age
a difficult/awkward age
The early teens are often a difficult age.
4.) ¦(BEING OLD)¦[U]
the state of being old
with age
High blood pressure increases with age.
Some of the furniture was showing signs of age .
5.) ¦(PERIOD OF HISTORY)¦ [C usually singular]
a particular period of history
We are living in the age of technology.
Molecular biology is pushing medicine into a new age .
the computer/industrial/nuclear etc age
in this day and age atday, ↑Bronze Age, Iron Age, Middle Ages, Stone Age
6.) ages [plural] also an age
informal especially BrE a long time
Simon! I haven't seen you for ages .
That recipe takes ages .
it's ages since/before/until etc sth
It's ages since we've played that game.
7.) come of age
a) to reach the age when you are legally considered to be a responsible adult
b) if something comes of age, it reaches a stage of development at which people accept it as being important, valuable etc
During this period the movies really came of age as an art form.
→↑New Age1 , ↑new age2
age 2
age2 v present participle aging or ageing
1.) [I and T]
to start looking older or to make someone or something look older
He was worried to see how much she'd aged.
The experience had aged him in advance of his years.
2.) [I]
to become older
The buildings are ageing, and some are unsafe.
3.) [I and T]
to improve and develop in taste over a period of time, or to allow food or alcohol to do this
Cheddar cheese ages well.
The whisky is aged for at least ten years.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • age — age …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • age — age·a·ble; age; age·less; age·long; age·net·ic; al·ien·age; al·loy·age; al·tar·age; am·per·age; an·ec·dot·age; ap·pend·age; ar·rear·age; av·er·age·ly; av·er·age·ness; bale·age; bal·last·age; bar·on·age; bar·on·et·age; bar·rel·age; bea·con·age;… …   English syllables

  • age — [ aʒ ] n. m. • 1801; var. dial. (Poitou, Berry) de haie XIIIe, en ce sens ♦ Longue pièce horizontale à laquelle s ajustent le soc et toutes les autres pièces de la charrue. ⊗ HOM. poss. Âge. ● age nom masculin (ancien français haie, du francique… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • âge — age [ aʒ ] n. m. • 1801; var. dial. (Poitou, Berry) de haie XIIIe, en ce sens ♦ Longue pièce horizontale à laquelle s ajustent le soc et toutes les autres pièces de la charrue. ⊗ HOM. poss. Âge. ● age nom masculin (ancien français haie, du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • âge — ÂGE. s. m. La durée ordinaire de la vie. L âge de l homme ne passe pas communément quatre vingts ans. L âge des chevaux n est guère que de trente ans. ⁧e d homme, signifie, L âge viril. Quand cet enfant sera parvenu à l âge d homme. Il signifie… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • age — AGE. Autrefois on escrivoit Aage. s. m. l A est long, & on met un accent circonflexe dessus. La durée ordinaire de la vie. Age d homme. il n a pas vescu âge d homme. l âge du cheval est de trente ans. Age, signifie aussi, Le temps qu il y a qu on …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Age — ([=a]j), n. [OF. aage, eage, F. [^a]ge, fr. L. aetas through a supposed LL. aetaticum. L. aetas is contracted fr. aevitas, fr. aevum lifetime, age; akin to E. aye ever. Cf. {Each}.] 1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -age — ⇒ AGE, suff. Suff. formateur de subst. d action ou de subst. à valeur coll. I. [Avec des bases verbales] Les dérivés expriment l action; plus rarement le sujet, le moyen, le résultat, le lieu de l action; age s accole le plus souvent à des verbes …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Age d'or — Âge d or Pour les articles homonymes, voir Âge et L Âge d or (homonymie). L âge d or, par Lucas Cranach l Ancien ( …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Âge d'Or — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Âge et L Âge d or (homonymie). L âge d or, par Lucas Cranach l Ancien ( …   Wikipédia en Français

  • age — n: the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises the voting age is 18 see also legal age, majority Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary


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