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[eɪdʒ] noun I
1) [C/U] the number of years that someone has lived
The average age of the delegates was over 60.[/ex]
At the age of 10, I went to live with my aunt.[/ex]
The film is designed to appeal to people of all ages.[/ex]
Darren's very tall for his age.[/ex]
2) [C/U] the number of years that something has existed
The value of the furniture depends on its age and condition.[/ex]
It's hard to guess the age of the object.[/ex]
3) [C/U] the time of life when it is possible, legal, or typical for people to do something
young people who have reached voting age[/ex]
4) [U] the state of being old or of becoming old
His face is starting to show signs of age.[/ex]
Good wines improve with age.[/ex]
5) [C] a period of history
We live in a materialistic age.[/ex]
It was an age of great scientific progress.[/ex]
6) ages
[plural] informal a long time
She's lived here for ages.[/ex]
He took ages to answer the phone.[/ex]
We spent ages trying to print this out.[/ex]
For the first time in ages, we sat down and talked.[/ex]
After what seemed like ages, the doctor came back.[/ex]
come of age — to reach the age when you are legally an adult[/ex]
Talking or writing about someone's age asking about age ■ how old used for asking someone their age ■ what age used for talking about someone's age at a time in the past or future. Say ‘How old are you?', not ‘What age are you?', when you are asking someone their age saying how old someone is ■ be 2/10/40 etc (years old) the most usual way of saying how old someone is ■ be 2/9/18 months old used for saying how old a baby or young child is ■ aged 2/10/40 etc used in writing, for example in newspapers, for saying how old someone is ■ a 2-/10-/40-year-old someone who is 2/10/40 years old ■ a 2-year-old child/a 10-year-old girl/a 40-year-old man used for saying that someone is 2/10/40 years old when you are not saying exactly how old someone is ■ in your teens/twenties/thirties etc used for saying that someone is aged between 13–19, 20–29, 30–39 etc ■ twenty-something/thirty-something etc used as an adjective or noun for talking about someone aged between 20–29, 30–39 etc ■ teenage aged between 13 and 19 ■ teenager someone aged between 13 and 19 ■ middle-aged no longer young, but not yet old, usually used for someone aged between 40 and 60 II
verb [I/T]
age [eɪdʒ]
to become older or look older, or to make someone do this
Her father had aged a lot since she had last seen him.[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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  • âge — ÂGE. s. m. La durée ordinaire de la vie. L âge de l homme ne passe pas communément quatre vingts ans. L âge des chevaux n est guère que de trente ans. ⁧e d homme, signifie, L âge viril. Quand cet enfant sera parvenu à l âge d homme. Il signifie… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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  • age — n: the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises the voting age is 18 see also legal age, majority Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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