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  Dictionary Definition of age

1. the length of time during which a being or thing has existed; length of life or existence to the time spoken of or referred to: his age is 20 years, a tree or building of unknown age.
2. the lifetime of an individual, or of the individuals of a class or species on an average: the age of the horse is from 25 to 30 years.
3. a period of human life, usually marked by a certain stage of physical or mental development, especially a degree of development, measured by years from birth, which involves legal responsibility and capacity: the age of discretion, the age of consent.
4. act or be your age, Colloquial to behave in a manner in keeping with that expected of one's age.
5. of age, Law a. being any of several ages, usually 21 or 18, at which certain legal rights, as voting or marriage, are acquired. b. being 18 years old, in possession of full legal rights and responsibilities.
6. the particular period of life at which one becomes naturally or conventionally qualified or disqualified for anything: under age or over age for conscription.
7. one of the periods or stages of human life: a person of middle age.
8. old age: his eyes were dim with age.
9. a particular period of history, as distinguished from others; a historical epoch: the age of Pericles, the Stone Age, the Middle Ages.
10. the people who live at a particular period.
11. a generation or a succession of generations: ages yet unborn.
12. Colloquial a great length of time: I haven't seen you for an age or for ages.
13. Psychology the comparative mental, emotional, or other development of a person expressed by equating performance in various tests to the average age at which the same result is attained.
14. Geology a long or short part of the world's history distinguished by special features: the Ice Age.
15. any one of the stages in the history of mankind divided, according to Hesiod, into the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages. The happiest and best was the first (or golden) age, and the worst the iron age.
-- verb ( aged, ageing or aging )
-- verb (i)
16. to grow old; develop the characteristics of old age: he is ageing rapidly.
-- verb (t)
17. to make old; cause to grow old or to seem old: fear aged him overnight.
18. to bring to maturity or to a state fit for use: to age wine.
[ME, from OF aage, earlier e ( d ) age, from L aetas + suffix - aticum -AGE ]
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