What does WAGE mean?

Definitions for WAGEweɪdʒ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word WAGE.

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

  10. Origin: [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, gawadjn to pledge, akin to E. wed, G. wette a wager. See Wed, and cf. Gage.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wage

    wāj, v.t. to pledge: to engage in as if by pledge: to carry on, esp. of war: to venture: (prov.) to hire for pay: (Shak.) to pay wages to: (Spens.) to let out for pay.—v.i. (Shak.) to be equal in value, to contend, battle (with).—n. a gage or stake: that for which one labours: wages.—ns. Wage′-earn′er, one receiving pay for work done; Wage′-fund, Wā′ges-fund theory, the theory that there is at any given time in a country a determinate amount of capital available for the payment of labour, therefore the average wage depends on the proportion of this fund to the number of persons who have to share in it; Wā′ger, that which is waged or pledged: something staked on the issue of anything: a bet: that on which bets are laid: (law) an offer to make oath.—v.t. to hazard on the issue of anything.—v.i. to lay a wager.—n. Wā′gerer.—n.pl. Wā′ges (used as sing.), wage: that which is paid for services.—n. Wage′-work, work done for wages.—Wager of battle, trial by combat, an ancient usage which permitted the accused and accuser, in defect of sufficient direct evidence, to challenge each other to mortal combat, for issue of the dispute.—Living wage (see Living). [O. Fr. wager (Fr. gager), to pledge.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WAGE in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WAGE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Marco Rubio:

    I don't believe the minimum wage law works.

  2. Deputy Chief Executive Alexander Medvedev:

    We don't see any need to wage a pricing war.

  3. Jean-Paul Sartre:

    When the rich wage war it's the poor who die.

  4. President Beji Caid Essebsi:

    When war is brought upon us, we will wage war.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Even if you are alone you wage war with yourself.

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