AskDefine | Define age

Dictionary Definition



1 how long something has existed; "it was replaced because of its age"
2 an era of history having some distinctive feature; "we live in a litigious age" [syn: historic period]
3 a time in life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld" [syn: eld]
4 a late time of life; "old age is not for sissies"; "he's showing his years"; "age hasn't slowed him down at all"; "a beard white with eld"; "on the brink of geezerhood" [syn: old age, years, eld, geezerhood]
5 a prolonged period of time; "we've known each other for ages"; "I haven't been there for years and years" [syn: long time, years]


1 begin to seem older; get older; "The death of his wife caused him to age fast"
2 grow old or older; "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"; "Young men senesce" [syn: senesce, get on, mature, maturate]
3 make older; "The death of his child aged him tremendously" [ant: rejuvenate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /eɪʤ/, /eIdZ/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪdʒ


From aage (French âge), supposedly from aetaticum, from aetas, from aevum.


  1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or other kind; lifetime.
  2. That part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time.
    What is the present age of a man, or of the earth?
  3. The latter part of life; an advanced period of life; seniority; state of being old.
  4. One of the stages of life; as, the age of infancy, of youth, etc.
  5. Mature age; especially, the time of life at which one attains full personal rights and capacities.
    to come of age
    he (or she) is of age
  6. The time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested.
    the age of consent
    the age of discretion
  7. A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others.
    the golden age
    the age of Pericles
  8. A great period in the history of the Earth.
  9. A century; the period of one hundred years.
  10. The people who live at a particular period.
  11. Hence, a generation.
  12. A long time.


whole duration of a being
part of the duration of a being or thing between its beginning and any given time
latter part of life
one of the stages of life
  • Finnish: ikä, jakso
  • German: Alter
  • Hebrew: גיל (gyl)
  • Polish: wiek, etap
  • Romanian: perioadă
  • Russian: возраст
  • Slovak: vek
  • Swedish: ålder
  • Turkish: çağ
time of life when one attains full person rights
  • Danish: myndig
  • Finnish: täysi-ikäisyys
  • German: Volljährigkeit
  • Japanese: 成人, 成人する (to come of age)
  • Korean: 성년 (seongnyeon)
  • Polish: dorosłość, pełnoletniość
  • Romanian: majorat
  • Russian: совершеннолетие (sov'eršennol'étije)
  • Slovak: dospelý vek
  • Turkish: yetişkin
time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested
  • Finnish: -ikä latter part of a compound
  • Russian: возраст
  • Slovak: zrelý vek
  • Turkish: olgunluk
particular period of time in history
great period in the history of the Earth
  • Danish: tidsalder
  • Finnish: geologinen kausi, kausi
  • French: époque, ère
  • German: Ära, Zeitalter
  • Hebrew: עידן (ydan)
  • Interlingua: epocha, era;
  • Italian: epoca, era
  • Maltese: era, epoka
  • Polish: era
  • Portuguese: época, era
  • Romanian: epocă, eră
  • Russian: эпоха , эра , время (often used in its plural form времена), век (especially to indicate particular century)
  • Slovak: vek
  • Spanish: época, era
  • Swedish: era, ålder, tidsålder
  • Turkish: çağ
See century
people who live at a particular period
See generation
  • Danish: generation
  • Dutch: generatie
  • French: génération
  • German: Generation
  • Hebrew: דור (dor)
  • Interlingua: generation
  • Italian: generazione
  • Japanese: 世代
  • Korean: 세대, 世代 (sedae)
  • Maltese: ġenerazzjoni
  • Polish: pokolenie
  • Portuguese: geração
  • Romanian: generaţie
  • Russian: поколение
  • Spanish: generación
  • Swedish: generation
  • Turkish: nesil
a long time
  • Hebrew: נצח (netzakh)
  • Romanian: veşnicie
  • Slovak: vek
  • Swedish: åratal


  1. To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to.
    Grief ages us.
  2. transitive figurative To postpone an action that would extinguish something, as a debt.
    Money's a little tight right now, let's age our bills for a week or so.
  3. To categorize by age.
    One his first assignments was to age the accounts receivable.
  4. To grow aged; to become old; to show marks of age.
    He grew fat as he aged.''


transitive: cause to grow old
intransitive: become old



  1. beam
  2. shaft

Extensive Definition

Age may refer to:
The length of time that an organism has lived:
  • aging, for the social, cultural, and economic factors of age and aging.
  • senescence, for the biology and science of aging.
  • Agé, a god from the mythology of the Fon people; the son of Mawu-Lisa;
  • One of the D'ni Ages, the fictional universe in the Myst series of games.
  • Agenore Incrocci, an Italian screenwriter.
  • Age (Model theory), the class of all finitely generated structures which are embeddable in a structure A in mathematics.
  • âge Japanese company
  • The Age is a daily newspaper published in Melbourne, Australia.
AGE is a three-letter acronym that may refer to:
age in German: Age
age in Spanish: AGE
age in French: AGE
age in Italian: AGE
age in Japanese: エイジ
age in Portuguese: Idade

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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