age - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the number of years that someone has lived

    It was difficult to guess his age.

    The average age of the delegates was over 60.

    children under the age of seven

    reach the age of:

    She’ll only inherit when she reaches the age of 18.

    at/from the age of:

    At the age of 10, I went to live with my aunt.

    at/from an early age (=a young age):

    The sisters have been playing music together from an early age.

    at your/his/her etc age (=because of how young or old someone is):

    At her age, she might be expected to take things easy.

    of all/different ages:

    The film is designed to appeal to people of all ages.

    difference in age:

    Her parents disapproved of the relationship because of the difference in age.

    years of age:

    He started work there at 14 years of age.

    1. a.
      the number of years that something has existed

      The value of the furniture depends on its condition and age.

    See also reading age
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the time of life when you are allowed by law to do something
    voting/retiring/school-leaving age:

    young people who have reached the voting age

    raise/lower the age of something:

    They plan to raise the age of retirement for women to 65.

    under age (=too young by law to do something):

    He served wine to girls who were under age.

    1. a.
      the time of life when it is possible or typical for people to do something
      child-bearing/working age:

      15% of women of child-bearing age were found to have the infection.

      of an age to do something:

      Her two older sons were both of an age to be working.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the state of being old or of becoming old

    His face is starting to show signs of age.

    with age:

    With age, your reactions get slower.

    Good wines improve with age.

  4. 4
    [countable] a period of history

    We live in a materialistic age.

    age of:

    It was an age of great intellectual excitement.

     Synonyms and related words
    See also the Dark Ages
  5. 5


    [plural] informal a long time
    for ages:

    She’s lived here for ages.

    take/spend ages:

    He took ages to answer the phone.

    We spent ages trying to print this out.

    in ages:

    For the first time in ages, we sat down and talked.

    ages ago:

    The wedding was planned ages ago.

    seem (like) ages:

    After what seemed like ages, the doctor came back.