Often, wages. money that is paid or received for work or services, as by the hour, day, or week. Compare living wage, minimum wage.
Usually, wages. Economics. the share of the products of industry received by labor for its work (as distinct from the share going to capital).
Usually, wages. (used with a singular or plural verb) recompense or return: The wages of sin is death.
Obsolete. a pledge or security.
verb (used with object), waged, waging.
to carry on (a battle, war, conflict, argument, etc.): to wage war against a nation.
Chiefly British Dialect. to hire.
to stake or wager.
to pledge.
verb (used without object), waged, waging.
Obsolete. to contend; struggle.

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English: pledge, security < Anglo-French; Old French guage gage1 < Vulgar Latin *wadium < Germanic (see wed); (v.) Middle English wagen to pledge < Anglo-French wagier; Old French guagier < Vulgar Latin *wadiāre, derivative of *wadium

wageless, adjective
wagelessness, noun
underwage, noun

salary, wages.

1. earnings, emolument, compensation, remuneration. See pay1. 5. undertake, prosecute.
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wage (weɪdʒ)
1.  a.  (often plural) Compare salary payment in return for work or services, esp that made to workmen on a daily, hourly, weekly, or piece-work basis
 b.  (as modifier): wage freeze
2.  (plural) economics the portion of the national income accruing to labour as earned income, as contrasted with the unearned income accruing to capital in the form of rent, interest, and dividends
3.  (often plural) recompense, return, or yield
4.  an obsolete word for pledge
5.  to engage in
6.  obsolete to pledge or wager
7.  archaic hire another word for hire
[C14: from Old Northern French wagier to pledge, from wage, of Germanic origin; compare Old English weddian to pledge, wed]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "a payment for services rendered," also in M.E. "a pledge of security" (1338), from O.N.Fr. wage (O.Fr. guage) "pledge," from Frank. *wadja- (cf. O.E. wedd, Gothic wadi "pledge"); see wed. Mod.Fr. cognate gages (pl.) means "wages of a domestic," one of a plethora of
Fr. words for different classes, e.g. traitement (university professor), paye, salaire (workman), solde (soldier), récompense, prix. The O.E. (and usual Gmc.) word was lean, related to loan (cf. Goth. laun, Du. loon, Ger. lohn)

c.1320, "to pledge, deposit as a pledge," from O.N.Fr. wagier (O.Fr. gagier), from wage (see wage (n.)). Meaning "to carry on" (of war, etc.) is attested from 1456, probably from earlier sense of "to offer as a gage of battle" (c.1430).
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Cultural Dictionary

wages definition

Payment for services to a worker, usually remuneration on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis.

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Wages definition

Rate of (mention only in Matt. 20:2); to be punctually paid (Lev. 19:13; Deut. 24:14, 15); judgements threatened against the withholding of (Jer. 22:13; Mal. 3:5; comp. James 5:4); paid in money (Matt. 20:1-14); to Jacob in kind (Gen. 29:15, 20; 30:28; 31:7, 8, 41).

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Example sentences
Wages have held up far better than employment during this recession.
There is no real enforcement about paying prevailing wages.
Retail sales, producer prices, wages and exchange rates.
They wire funds back to their families, and their employers avoid paying taxes
  on the wages.
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