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