|1.||the period of time that a person, animal, or plant has lived or is expected to live: the age of a tree; what age was he when he died?; the age of a horse is up to thirty years|
|2.||the period of existence of an object, material, group, etc: the age of this table is 200 years|
|3.||a. a period or state of human life: he should know better at his age; she had got beyond the giggly age|
|b. (as modifier): age group|
|4.||the latter part of life|
|5.||a. a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era|
|b. (capital when part of a name): the Middle Ages; the Space Age|
|6.||generation: the Edwardian age|
|a. a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristics: the age of reptiles|
|b. the period during which a stage of rock strata is formed; a subdivision of an epoch|
|8.||myth any of the successive periods in the legendary history of man, which were, according to Hesiod, the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages|
|9.||informal (often plural) a relatively long time: she was an age washing her hair; I've been waiting ages|
|10.||psychol achievement age See also mental age the level in years that a person has reached in any area of development, such as mental or emotional, compared with the normal level for his chronological age|
|11.||age before beauty (often said humorously when yielding precedence) older people take precedence over younger people|
|12.||of age adult and legally responsible for one's actions (usually at 18 or, formerly, 21 years)|
|—vb , ages, ageing, aging, aged|
|13.||to grow or make old or apparently old; become or cause to become old or aged|
|14.||to begin to seem older: to have aged a lot in the past year|
|15.||brewing to mature or cause to mature|
|[C13: via Old French from Vulgar Latin aetatīcum (unattested), from Latin aetās, ultimately from aevum lifetime; compare |
|—suffix forming nouns|
|1.||indicating a collection, set, or group: acreage; baggage|
|2.||indicating a process or action or the result of an action: haulage; passage; breakage|
|3.||indicating a state, condition, or relationship: bondage; parentage|
|4.||indicating a house or place: orphanage|
|5.||indicating a charge or fee: postage|
|6.||indicating a rate: dosage; mileage|
|[from Old French, from Late Latin -āticum, noun suffix, neuter of -āticus, adjectival suffix, from -ātus|
The length of time that one has existed; duration of life. v.
To become old.
To manifest traits associated with old age.
used to denote the period of a man's life (Gen. 47:28), the maturity of life (John 9:21), the latter end of life (Job 11:17), a generation of the human race (Job 8:8), and an indefinite period (Eph. 2:7; 3:5, 21; Col. 1:26). Respect to be shown to the aged (Lev. 19:32). It is a blessing to communities when they have old men among them (Isa. 65:20; Zech. 8:4). The aged supposed to excel in understanding (Job 12:20; 15:10; 32:4, 9; 1 Kings 12:6, 8). A full age the reward of piety (Job 5:26; Gen. 15:15).