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age - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'age' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Age [ n.]
- The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or other kind; lifetime.
- That part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time; as, what is the present age of a man, or of the earth?
- The latter part of life; an advanced period of life; seniority; state of being old.
- One of the stages of life; as, the age of infancy, of youth, etc.
- Mature age; especially, the time of life at which one attains full personal rights and capacities; as, to come of age; he (or she) is of age.
- The time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested; as, the age of consent; the age of discretion.
- A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others; as, the golden age, the age of Pericles.
- A great period in the history of the Earth.
- A century; the period of one hundred years.
- The people who live at a particular period; hence, a generation.
- A long time.
2 . Age [ v. i.]
- To grow aged; to become old; to show marks of age; as, he grew fat as he aged.
3 . Age [ v. t.]
- To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to; as, grief ages us.

Meaning of 'age' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . age [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a late time of life
Example in sentence:
  • a beard white with eld;
  • age hasn't slowed him down at all;
  • he's showing his years;
  • old age is not for sissies;
  • on the brink of geezerhood
Meaning (2):
- a prolonged period of time
Example in sentence:
  • I haven't been there for years and years;
  • we've known each other for ages
Meaning (3):
- how long something has existed
Example in sentence:
  • it was replaced because of its age
Meaning (4):
- a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises
Example in sentence:
  • she was now of school age;
  • tall for his eld
Meaning (5):
- an era of history having some distinctive feature
Example in sentence:
  • we live in a litigious age
6 . age [ v]
Meaning (6):
- grow old or older
Example in sentence:
  • She aged gracefully;
  • we age every day--what a depressing thought!;
  • Young men senesce
Meaning (7):
- make older
Example in sentence:
  • The death of his child aged him tremendously
Meaning (8):
- begin to seem older; get older
Example in sentence:
  • The death of his wife caused him to age fast