wage
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, pledge, recompense, from Anglo-French wage, gage, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wetti pledge — more at wed Date: 14th century 1. a. a payment usually of money for labor or services usually according to contract and on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis — often used in plural b. plural the share of the national product attributable to labor as a factor in production 2. recompense, reward — usually used in plural butsingular or plural in construction <
the wages of sin is death — Romans 6:23 (Revised Standard Version)
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wageless adjective II. verb (waged; waging) Etymology: Middle English, to offer surety, put up as a stake, hire, from Anglo-French *wager, gager, from wage Date: 14th century transitive verb to engage in or carry on <
wage war
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wage a campaign
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intransitive verb to be in process of occurring <
the riot waged for several hours — American Guide Series: Maryland
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wage — [weɪdʒ] noun [countable] also wages HUMAN RESOURCES money that someone earns according to the number of hours, days, or weeks that they work, especially money that is paid each week: • The average hourly wage in the industry is $8. • Workers were …   Financial and business terms

  • Wage — Wage, n. [OF. wage, gage, guarantee, engagement. See {Wage}, v. t. ] [1913 Webster] 1. That which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage. [Obs.] That warlike wage. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. That for which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wage — Wage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Waged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waging}.] [OE. wagen, OF. wagier, gagier, to pledge, promise, F. gager to wager, lay, bet, fr. LL. wadium a pledge; of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. wadi a pledge, gawadj[=o]n to pledge, akin to E …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wage — n 1: a payment usu. of money for labor or services usu. according to a contract and on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis often used in pl. 2 pl: the share of the national product attributable to labor as a factor in production Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • wage — wage, wages Wages is normally used in the plural (Their wages are still too low); an older singular construction survives only in the biblical line For the wages of sinne is death (Romans 6:23). But wage is also used (What sort of wage are you… …   Modern English usage

  • WAGE — can refer to: * Wage, a compensation workers receive in exchange for their labor * WAGE (AM), a radio station located in Leesburg, Virginia, United States * Wide Area GPS Enhancement …   Wikipedia

  • wage — wage; wage·less; wage·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • wage — [wāj] vt. waged, waging [ME wagen < NormFr wagier (OFr gagier) < wage (OFr gage), a stake, pledge < Frank * wadi, akin to Goth wadi, a pledge: for IE base see WED] 1. to engage in or carry on (a war, struggle, campaign, etc.) 2. [Dial.,… …   English World dictionary

  • Wage — Wage, v. i. To bind one s self; to engage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wage — Wage, Instrument zur Bestimmung des Gewichts eines Körpers. Bei den Hebel W. wird die zu wägende Last mittels eines Hebels (des Wagbalkens) mit Vergleichsgewichten ins Gleichgewicht gesetzt; eine gleicharmige Hebel W. ist die Krämer W., bei der… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Wage — Wage, heißt jede mechanische Vorrichtung zur Bestimmung des Gewichts der Körper, meist hebelartig construirt. Die gewöhnlichste W., die Krämer W., besteht aus einem gleicharmigen Hebel, dem sog. W. balken, der in seinem Drehpunkte gewöhnlich auf… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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