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Noun: age  eyj
  1. How long something has existed
    "it was replaced because of its age"
     
  2. An era of history having some distinctive feature
    "we live in a litigious age";
    - historic period
     
  3. A time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises
    "she was now of school age";
    - eld
     
  4. A prolonged period of time
    "we've known each other for ages";
    - long time, years, yonks [Brit], lifetime [], donkey's years [Brit]
     
  5. A late time of life
    "old age is not for sissies"; "age hasn't slowed him down at all";
    - old age, years, eld, geezerhood
Verb: age (aged,ageing, also aging)  eyj
  1. Begin to seem older; get older
    "The death of his wife caused him to age fast"
     
  2. Grow old or older
    "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!";
    - senesce, get on, mature, maturate
     
  3. Make older
    "The death of his child aged him tremendously"
     
  4. Cause to ripen or develop fully
    "Age matures a good wine";
    - ripen, mature

Derived forms: ages, ageing, aged

See also: immature, mature, new, old, young

Type of: alter, change, develop, epoch, era, modify, period, period of time, property, time of life, time period

Antonym: rejuvenate

Part of: history, life, lifespan, lifetime, life-time

Encyclopedia: Age