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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wageweɪdʒ(n.; v.)waged, wag•ing.

  1. (n.)Often, wages. money that is paid or received for work or services.

    Category: Business

    Ref: Compare living wage , minimum wage. 1

  2. wages, recompense or return:

    The wages of sin is death.

  3. Obs. a pledge or security.

  4. (v.t.)to carry on (a battle, argument, etc.):

    to wage war.

  5. Obs. to stake or wager. to pledge.

  6. (v.i.)Obs. to contend; struggle.

Origin of wage:

1275–1325; ME: pledge, security < AF; OF guagegage1< VL *wadium < Gmc (see wed )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wage, pay, earnings, remuneration, salary(verb)

    something that remunerates

    "wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"

  2. engage, wage(verb)

    carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

    "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"


  1. wage(Noun)

    An amount of money paid to a worker for a specified quantity of work, usually expressed on an hourly basis.

  2. wage(Verb)

    To wager, bet.

  3. wage(Verb)

    To employ for wages; to hire.

  4. wage(Verb)

    To conduct or carry out (a war or other contest).

    to wage war

  5. Origin: from wage, a northern variant of gauge, gage, from *waddi, wadja (cognate with wedd), from wadjō, from wadh-. Akin to veþja "to pledge", wadi. More at wed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wage(verb)

    to pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake; to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar

  2. Wage(verb)

    to expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger; to venture; to hazard

  3. Wage(verb)

    to engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or pledge; to carry on, as a war

  4. Wage(verb)

    to adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out

  5. Wage(verb)

    to put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to

  6. Wage(verb)

    to give security for the performance of

  7. Wage(verb)

    to bind one's self; to engage

  8. Wage(verb)

    that which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage

  9. Wage(verb)

    that for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; -- at present generally used in the plural. See Wages


  1. Wage

    A wage is remuneration paid by an employer to an employee. It may be calculated as a fixed task based amount, or at an hourly rate, or based on an easily measured quantity of work done. It is contrasted with salaried work, which is based on a fixed time period.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3315

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2248

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wage' in Nouns Frequency: #689

Translations for wage

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(alsoˈwages noun plural) a regular, usually weekly rather than monthly, payment for the work that one does

He spends all his wages on books; What is his weekly wage?

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