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English noun: age

1. age (attribute) how long something has existed

SamplesIt was replaced because of its age.

Broader (hypernym)property

Narrower (hyponym)bone age, chronological age, developmental age, fertilization age, fetal age, gestational age, mental age, newness, oldness, oldness, youngness

Attributeimmature, immature, mature, new, old, old, young

2. age (time) an era of history having some distinctive feature

SamplesWe live in a litigious age.

Synonymshistoric period

Broader (hypernym)epoch, era

Narrower (hyponym)antiquity, golden age, Jazz Age, reign, turn of the century

Instance hyponymAge of Reason, Baroque, Baroque era, Baroque period, Dark Ages, Depression, Elizabethan age, Enlightenment, Great Depression, Harlem Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, Italian Renaissance, Middle Ages, New Deal, Reconstruction, Reconstruction Period, Reign of Terror, Renaissance, Renascence, Restoration, technological revolution, Victorian age

Part meronymhistory

3. age (time) a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises

SamplesShe was now of school age.
Tall for his eld.


Broader (hypernym)time of life

Narrower (hyponym)age of consent, drinking age, legal age, majority, minority, nonage, voting age

Part meronymlife, life-time, lifespan, lifetime

4. age (time) a prolonged period of time

SamplesWe've known each other for ages.
I haven't been there for years and years.

Synonymslong time, years

Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

Narrower (hyponym)aeon, blue moon, eon, month of Sundays, year dot

5. age (time) a late time of life

SamplesOld age is not for sissies.
He's showing his years.
Age hasn't slowed him down at all.
A beard white with eld.
On the brink of geezerhood.

Synonymseld, geezerhood, old age, years

Broader (hypernym)time of life

Narrower (hyponym)dotage, second childhood, senility

Part holonymeighties, mid-eighties, mid-nineties, mid-seventies, mid-sixties, nineties, seventies, sixties

English verb: age

1. age (change) begin to seem older; get older

SamplesThe death of his wife caused him to age fast.

ExamplesSam and Sue age

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)develop

2. age (change) grow old or older

SamplesShe aged gracefully.
We age every day--what a depressing thought!.
Young men senesce.

Synonymsget on, maturate, mature, senesce

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)develop

Narrower (hyponym)dote, fossilise, fossilize, turn

3. age (change) make older

SamplesThe death of his child aged him tremendously.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Causeage, get on, maturate, mature, senesce


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