I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French aage, age, from Vulgar Latin *aetaticum, from Latin aetat-, aetas, from aevum lifetime — more at aye Date: 13th century 1. a. the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises or rests <
the voting age is 18
; specifically majority b. one of the stages of life c. the length of an existence extending from the beginning to any given time <
a boy 10 years of age
d. lifetime e. an advanced stage of life 2. a period of time dominated by a central figure or prominent feature <
the age of Pericles
: as a. a period in history or human progress <
the age of reptiles
the age of exploration
b. a cultural period marked by the prominence of a particular item <
entering the atomic age
c. a division of geologic time that is usually shorter than an epoch 3. a. the period contemporary with a person's lifetime or with his or her active life b. a long time — usually used in plural <
haven't seen him in ages
c. generation 4. an individual's development measured in terms of the years requisite for like development of an average individual Synonyms: see period II. verb (aged; aging or ageing) Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to become old ; show the effects or the characteristics of increasing age 2. to acquire a desirable quality (as mellowness or ripeness) by standing undisturbed for some time <
letting cheese age
transitive verb 1. to cause to become old 2. to bring to a state fit for use or to maturity • ager noun

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