age

age1 [ eıdʒ ] noun ***
▸ 1 number of years lived
▸ 2 time of life for doing something
▸ 3 period of history
▸ 4 being/becoming old
▸ 5 long time
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) count or uncount the number of years that someone has lived:
It was difficult to guess his age.
The average age of the delegates was over 60.
reach the age of: She'll only inherit when she reaches the age of 18.
at/from the age of: At the age of 10, I went to live with my aunt.
at/from an early age (=a young age): The sisters have been playing music together from an early age.
at your/his/her etc. age (=because of how young or old someone is): At her age, she might be expected to take things easy.
difference in age: Her parents disapproved of the relationship because of the difference in age.
years of age: He started work there at 14 years of age.
of all/different ages: The movie is designed to appeal to people of all ages.
a ) the number of years that something has existed:
The value of the furniture depends on its condition and age.
b ) act your age used for telling someone that they are behaving in a stupid way, as if they were much younger than they really are
=> READING AGE
2. ) count or uncount the time of life when you are allowed by law to do something:
voting age: young people who have reached the voting age
raise/lower the age of something: Plans are afoot to lower the age of consent to 16.
under age (=too young by law to do something): He served wine to girls who were under age.
a ) the time of life when it is possible or typical for people to do something:
child-bearing/school/working age: 15% of women of child-bearing age were found to have the infection.
of an age to do something: Her two older sons were both of an age to be working.
3. ) count a period of history:
We live in a materialistic age.
age of: It was an age of great intellectual excitement.
=> DARK AGES
4. ) uncount the state of being old or becoming old:
His face is starting to show signs of age.
with age: With age, your reactions get slower.
Good wines improve with age.
5. ) ages plural INFORMAL a long time:
for ages: She's lived here for ages.
take/spend ages: He took ages to answer the phone.
We spent ages trying to print this out.
in ages: For the first time in ages, we sat down and talked.
ages ago: The wedding was planned ages ago.
seem (like) ages: After what seemed like ages, the doctor came back.
come of age
1. ) to reach the age when you are legally an adult
2. ) to become accepted and respected by most people:
With this movie, Australian cinema finally comes of age.
age
age 2 [ eıdʒ ] verb **
1. ) intransitive to look or seem older:
Her father had aged dramatically since she had last seen him.
a ) transitive to make someone look or seem older:
The sun had prematurely aged him.
2. ) intransitive to become older:
As you age, your skin becomes less elastic.
She has aged well (=still looks attractive or young).
3. ) intransitive or transitive if wine ages or you age it, its taste improves because it is kept for some time

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • age — age …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • age — age·a·ble; age; age·less; age·long; age·net·ic; al·ien·age; al·loy·age; al·tar·age; am·per·age; an·ec·dot·age; ap·pend·age; ar·rear·age; av·er·age·ly; av·er·age·ness; bale·age; bal·last·age; bar·on·age; bar·on·et·age; bar·rel·age; bea·con·age;… …   English syllables

  • age — [ aʒ ] n. m. • 1801; var. dial. (Poitou, Berry) de haie XIIIe, en ce sens ♦ Longue pièce horizontale à laquelle s ajustent le soc et toutes les autres pièces de la charrue. ⊗ HOM. poss. Âge. ● age nom masculin (ancien français haie, du francique… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • âge — age [ aʒ ] n. m. • 1801; var. dial. (Poitou, Berry) de haie XIIIe, en ce sens ♦ Longue pièce horizontale à laquelle s ajustent le soc et toutes les autres pièces de la charrue. ⊗ HOM. poss. Âge. ● age nom masculin (ancien français haie, du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • âge — ÂGE. s. m. La durée ordinaire de la vie. L âge de l homme ne passe pas communément quatre vingts ans. L âge des chevaux n est guère que de trente ans. ⁧e d homme, signifie, L âge viril. Quand cet enfant sera parvenu à l âge d homme. Il signifie… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • age — AGE. Autrefois on escrivoit Aage. s. m. l A est long, & on met un accent circonflexe dessus. La durée ordinaire de la vie. Age d homme. il n a pas vescu âge d homme. l âge du cheval est de trente ans. Age, signifie aussi, Le temps qu il y a qu on …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Age — ([=a]j), n. [OF. aage, eage, F. [^a]ge, fr. L. aetas through a supposed LL. aetaticum. L. aetas is contracted fr. aevitas, fr. aevum lifetime, age; akin to E. aye ever. Cf. {Each}.] 1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -age — ⇒ AGE, suff. Suff. formateur de subst. d action ou de subst. à valeur coll. I. [Avec des bases verbales] Les dérivés expriment l action; plus rarement le sujet, le moyen, le résultat, le lieu de l action; age s accole le plus souvent à des verbes …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Age d'or — Âge d or Pour les articles homonymes, voir Âge et L Âge d or (homonymie). L âge d or, par Lucas Cranach l Ancien ( …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Âge d'Or — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Âge et L Âge d or (homonymie). L âge d or, par Lucas Cranach l Ancien ( …   Wikipédia en Français

  • age — n: the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises the voting age is 18 see also legal age, majority Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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