Meaning of “wage” in the English Dictionary

"wage" in British English

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wagenoun [ S ]

uk /weɪdʒ/ us /weɪdʒ/ also wages [ plural ]

B1 a particular amount of money that is paid, usually every week, to an employee, especially one who does work that needs physical skills or strength, rather than a job needing a college education:

a very low/high wage
He gets/earns/is paid a good wage, because he works for a fair employer.
The job pays very low wages.
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  • Is she paid a regular wage or is it by commission only?
  • Deadlock over wage levels has prevented an agreement being reached.
  • There will be an increase in tax for those earning in excess of twice the national average wage.

wageverb [ T ]

uk /weɪdʒ/ us /weɪdʒ/ formal

(Definition of “wage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wage" in American English

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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 hour worked:

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 desperate medical battle 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 /weɪdʒ/ us 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 deal represents 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 employees accepted a 4% wage rise.
If you are a good employer, you will pay a fair wage.
His 15 stores employ 200 workers at an average wage of $7.40 an hour.
fair/good/low wages They provided fair wages and steady jobs.
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(Definition of “wage” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)