Meaning of AGE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ eɪdʒ ]

( ages, ageing, aging, aged)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

Note: The spelling 'aging' is also used, mainly in American English.


Your age is the number of years that you have lived.

She has a nephew who is just ten years of age...

At the age of sixteen he qualified for a place at the University of Hamburg...

I admired him for being so confident at his age.



The age of a thing is the number of years since it was made.

Everything in the room looks in keeping with the age of the building.



Age is the state of being old or the process of becoming older.

Perhaps he has grown wiser with age...

The fabric was showing signs of age...



When someone ages , or when something ages them, they seem much older and less strong or less alert.

He had always looked so young, but he seemed to have aged in the last few months...

He was only in his mid-thirties, but already worry had aged him.

VERB : V , V n


An age is a period in history.

...the age of steam and steel.

...items of Bronze Age pottery.

N-COUNT : usu with supp


You can say an age or ages to mean a very long time. ( INFORMAL )

He waited what seemed an age...

The bus took absolutely ages to arrive.

= forever



see also aged , ageing , coming of age , dark age , golden age , Ice Age , Iron Age , middle age , Stone Age


If someone tells you to act your age , they are telling you to behave in a way that is suitable for someone your age, because they think you are behaving in a childish way.

PHRASE : V inflects [ disapproval ]


If something comes of age , it reaches an important stage of development and is accepted by a large number of people.

Recycling is an issue that has come of age in Britain in the last decade.

PHRASE : V inflects


When someone comes of age , they become legally an adult.

The company was to be held in trust for Eddie until he came of age.

PHRASE : V inflects


Someone who is under age is not legally old enough to do something, for example to buy an alcoholic drink.

Because she was under age, her parents were still responsible for her.

...under age smoking.

PHRASE : usu v-link PHR , PHR n

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