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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wages, reward, payoffnoun

    a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing

    "the wages of sin is death"; "virtue is its own reward"


  1. wagesnoun

    one's total income for a time period

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wagesnoun


  1. wages

    Wages refer to the fixed regular payment, typically paid on a daily or weekly basis, made by an employer to an employee, especially to manual or unskilled workers. It is the compensation given for the services rendered as determined by an agreement between the employer and the employee. Wages are usually based on an hourly rate or a piece-rate system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wagesnoun

    a compensation given to a hired person for services; price paid for labor; recompense; hire. See Wage, n., 2

Editors Contribution

  1. wages

    A specific amount of money given to an employee for the completion of their work.

    Our wages are paid into our bank account on a specific date each month.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 14, 2020  

  2. wages

    Plural form of the word wage.

    The social enterprise employees all have identical wages paid monthly for their employment.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 14, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WAGES

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wages is ranked #7915 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wages surname appeared 4,180 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Wages.

    88.3% or 3,692 total occurrences were White.
    6.1% or 257 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 96 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 77 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 36 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wages' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2979

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wages' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1513

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wages in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wages in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of wages in a Sentence

  1. Eldon Renaud:

    If you just go after those companies that are paying the lowest wages, you're not going to benefit in the long run because they can always find cheaper wages somewhere.

  2. Federal Reserve:

    More plentiful jobs and rising wages are drawing more people into the work force, business-sector productivity growth, which had been disappointing during the expansion, moved up. ... Rising productivity allows wages to increase without adding to inflation pressures.

  3. Henry Ford:

    There is one rule for the industrialist and that is Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.

  4. John Roth:

    Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a employee. Profits make you a fortune

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    At a time when the middle class is shrinking, poverty is increasing and millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages it makes no sense to me to have an immigration bill which, over a period of years, would bring millions of 'guest workers' into this country who are prepared to work for lower wages than American workers, we need to increase wages in this country, not lower them.

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