Definition of “age” - English Dictionary

“age” in British English

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agenoun

uk /eɪdʒ/ us /eɪdʒ/

age noun (TIME SPENT ALIVE)

A1 [ C or U ] the period of time someone has been alive or something has existed:

Do you know the age of that building?
What age (= how old) is your brother?
I'd guess she's about my age (= she is about as old as I am).
She was 74 years of age when she wrote her first novel.
He left home at the age of 16.
I was married with four children at your age.
She's starting to show/look her age (= to look as old as she is).
I'm really beginning to feel my age (= feel old).
His girlfriend's twice his age (= twice as old as he is).
act your age!

said to someone to tell them to stop behaving like someone who is much younger

the age of consent

the age at which someone is considered by the law to be old enough to agree to have sex with someone

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age noun (LONG TIME)

ages B1 [ plural ] informal also mainly UK an age [ S ]

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a very long time:

It takes ages to cook.
I've been waiting for ages.
It's been ages/an age since we last spoke.

age noun (BEING OLD)

C2 [ U ] the fact of being or getting older:

Her back was bent with age.
This cheese/wine improves with age.
Her temper hasn't improved with age!

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ageverb [ I or T ]

uk /eɪdʒ/ us /eɪdʒ/ present participle UK ageing or US aging, past tense and past participle aged

If someone ages or something ages them, they look older:

She's aged since the last time we met.

to develop in flavour or leave something to do this:

The brandy is aged in oak for ten years.

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-agesuffix

uk / -ɪdʒ/ us / -ɪdʒ/

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

“age” in American English

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agenoun

us /eɪdʒ/

age noun (TIME SPENT ALIVE)

the length of time someone has been alive or something has existed:

[ C ] At age 24 he won a starring role in his first movie.
[ U ] She was 74 years of age when she wrote her first novel.
The program is aimed at viewers in the 18-to-30 age group.

age noun (PERIOD)

ageverb [ I/T ]

us /eɪdʒ/

age verb [ I/T ] (TIME SPENT ALIVE)

to become or appear old, or to cause someone to appear old:

[ I ] She’s aged a lot since the last time we met.
Note: usually said about a person

To age food or drink is to give it time to become ripe or develop a full flavor:

[ T ] The cheese is aged for three to six months.

(Definition of “age” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)