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"wage" in British English

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wagenoun [S]

uk   us   /weɪdʒ/ (also wages [plural])
B1 a ​particularamount of ​money that is ​paid, usually every ​week, to an ​employee, ​especially one who does ​work that ​needsphysicalskills or ​strength, ​rather than a ​jobneeding a ​collegeeducation: a very ​low/high wage an ​hourly/​daily/​weekly/​annual wage He gets/​earns/is ​paid a good wage, because he ​works for a ​fairemployer. The ​jobpays very ​low wages.
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wageverb [T]

uk   us   /weɪdʒ/ formal
(Definition of wage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wagenoun [U]

 us   /weɪdʒ/
  • wage noun [U] (MONEY)

an ​amount of ​money that is ​paid to an ​employee, esp. for each ​hourworked: an ​hourly wage

wageverb [T]

 us   /weɪdʒ/
  • wage verb [T] (FIGHT)

to ​begin and ​continue a ​war, a ​fight, or a ​plan to ​achieve something: A ​desperatemedicalbattle is being waged against the ​virus.
(Definition of wage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wage" in Business English

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wagenoun [S]

uk   us   /weɪdʒ/ (also wages [plural]) HR, WORKPLACE
an ​amount of ​money that is ​paid, usually every week, to an ​employee for their ​work: a daily/hourly/weekly wage This ​dealrepresents an hourly wage ​rate of $9.83.a high/low wage We ​pay the ​highest wages of any theatrical ​employer in the ​world.earn/get a wage Some college ​education is ​required to ​earn a decent wage in the United ​States.a wage cut/increase/rise The ​employeesaccepted a 4% wage ​rise. If you are a good ​employer, you will pay a ​fair wage. His 15 ​storesemploy 200 ​workers at an average wage of $7.40 an hour.fair/good/low wages They ​providedfair wages and ​steadyjobs.
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(Definition of wage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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