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aged

[ey-jid for 1, 2, 5, 6; eyjd for 1, 3, 4] /ˈeɪ dʒɪd for 1, 2, 5, 6; eɪdʒd for 1, 3, 4/
adjective
1.
having lived or existed long; of advanced age; old:
an aged man; an aged tree.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of old age:
aged wrinkles.
3.
of the age of:
a man aged 40 years.
4.
brought to maturity or mellowness, as wine, cheese, or wood:
aged whiskey.
5.
Physical Geography. old; approaching the state of peneplain.
noun
6.
(used with a plural verb) old people collectively (usually preceded by the):
We must have improved medical care for the aged.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English. See age, -ed2
Related forms
agedly, adverb
agedness, noun
preaged, adjective
unaged, adjective
well-aged, adjective
Synonyms
1. ancient. See old.
Antonyms
1. young.
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British Dictionary definitions for the-aged

aged

/ˈeɪdʒɪd/
adjective
1.
  1. advanced in years; old
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the aged
2.
of, connected with, or characteristic of old age
3.
(postpositive) (eɪdʒd). having the age of: a woman aged twenty
4.
(geography) (not in technical use) having reached an advanced stage of erosion
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Word Origin and History for the-aged

aged

adj.

"having lived long," mid-15c., past participle adjective from age (v.). Meaning "having been allowed to get old" (of cheese, etc.) is by 1873. Meaning "of the age of" is from 1630s. Aged Parent is from "Great Expectations" (1860-61).

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