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a. The length of time that a person or thing has existed: a man 23 years of age; wanted to know the age of the house.
b. The time of life when a person becomes qualified to assume certain civil and personal rights and responsibilities, usually at 18 or 21 years; legal age: under age; of age.
c. One of the stages of life: the age of adolescence; at an awkward age.
d. The state of being old; old age: hair white with age.
2. often Age
a. A period of time marked by a distinctive characteristic, achievement, or figure: the Stone Age; the computer age; the Elizabethan Age.
b. A period in the history of the earth, usually shorter than an epoch: the Ice Age.
a. The period of history during which a person lives: a product of his age.
b. A generation: ages yet unborn.
4. ages Informal An extended period of time: left ages ago.
v. aged, ag·ing, ag·es
1. To cause to become old or to show the signs of becoming old: The stress of the office visibly aged the president.
2. To cause to mature or ripen under controlled conditions: aging wine.
3. To change (the characteristics of a device) through use, especially to stabilize (an electronic device).
1. To become old or show signs of becoming old: Who doesn't want to age gracefully?
2. To develop a certain quality of ripeness; become mature: cheese aging at room temperature.
Phrasal Verb:
age out Informal
To reach an age, 18 or 21 years, for example, at which one is no longer eligible for certain special services, such as education or protection, from the state.
come of age
To reach maturity.

[Middle English, from Old French aage, from Vulgar Latin *aetāticum, from Latin aetās, aetāt-, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.]

ag′er n.


1. the period of time that a person, animal, or plant has lived or is expected to live: the age of a tree; what age was he when he died?; the age of a horse is up to thirty years.
2. the period of existence of an object, material, group, etc: the age of this table is 200 years.
a. a period or state of human life: he should know better at his age; she had got beyond the giggly age.
b. (as modifier): age group.
4. the latter part of life
5. (Historical Terms)
a. a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era
b. (capital when part of a name): the Middle Ages; the Space Age.
6. generation: the Edwardian age.
7. (Geological Science) geology palaeontol
a. a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristics: the age of reptiles.
b. the period during which a stage of rock strata is formed; a subdivision of an epoch
8. (Classical Myth & Legend) myth any of the successive periods in the legendary history of man, which were, according to Hesiod, the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages
9. (often plural) informal a relatively long time: she was an age washing her hair; I've been waiting ages.
10. (Psychology) psychol the level in years that a person has reached in any area of development, such as mental or emotional, compared with the normal level for his chronological age. See also achievement age, mental age
11. age before beauty (often said humorously when yielding precedence) older people take precedence over younger people
12. (Law) of age adult and legally responsible for one's actions (usually at 18 or, formerly, 21 years)
vb, ages, ageing, aging or aged
13. to grow or make old or apparently old; become or cause to become old or aged
14. to begin to seem older: to have aged a lot in the past year.
15. (Brewing) brewing to mature or cause to mature
[C13: via Old French from Vulgar Latin aetatīcum (unattested), from Latin aetās, ultimately from aevum lifetime; compare aeon]



n., v. aged, ag•ing age•ing. n.
1. the length of time during which a being or thing has existed; length of life or existence to the time mentioned: trees of unknown age.
2. a period of human life, measured by years from birth, when a person is regarded as capable of assuming certain privileges or responsibilities: the age of consent.
3. the particular period of life at which a person becomes qualified or disqualified for something: to be over the age for military service.
4. one of the periods or stages of human life: middle age.
5. advanced years; old age: His eyes were dim with age.
6. a generation or a series of generations: ages yet unborn.
7. the period of history in which an individual lives: the most famous architect of the age.
8. (often cap.) a particular period of history; a historical epoch: the Periclean Age.
9. Usu., ages. a long period of time: You've been away for ages.
10. the average life expectancy of an individual or the individuals of a class or species: The age of a horse is from 25 to 30 years.
11. (often cap.)
a. a period of the history of the earth distinguished by some special feature: the Ice Age.
b. a unit of geological time, shorter than an epoch, during which the rocks comprising a stage were formed.
12. to grow old: She is aging gracefully.
13. to mature, as wine, cheese, or wood.
14. to cause to grow or seem old: Fear aged him overnight.
15. to bring to maturity; make ready for use: to age wine.
of age, having reached adulthood, esp. as specified by law: to come of age.
[1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French aage, eage < (< Latin aetātem acc. of ae(vi)tās age; aev(um) time, lifetime)]


a suffix typically forming mass or abstract nouns from various parts of speech, occurring orig. in loanwords from French (courage; voyage) and productive in English with the meanings “aggregate” (coinage; peerage; trackage), “process” (coverage), “the outcome of” as either “the fact of” or “the physical effect or remains of” (spoilage; wreckage), “place of living or business” (brokerage; parsonage), “social standing or relationship” (bondage; marriage), and “quantity, measure, or charge” (footage).
[Middle English < Old French < Latin -āticum, neuter of -āticus adj. suffix]


See also children; old age.

discrimination on the basis of age, especially against older people.
the process of making antiquated or the condition of being antiquated.
coevalneity. — coetaneous, adj.
the state or quality of being alike in age or duration; contemporaneity. Also called coetaneity. — coeval, aadj.
the condition of being junior, as in age, rank, or position.
the state of being in one’s forties. — quadragenarian, n., adj.quadragenary, adj.
the state of being in one’s fifties. — quinquagenarian, n., adj.quinquagenary, adj.
the state of being in one’s sixties. — sexagenarian, n., adj.sexagenary, adj.




  1. Age covered her like a shawl to keep her warm —Rose Tremain
  2. Age … indeterminate as a nun —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  3. Age is a sickness, and youth is an ambush —John Donne
  4. Age is like love, it cannot be hid —Thomas Dekker
  5. Age, like a cage, will enclose him —Alastair Reid
  6. Age, like distance, lends a double charm —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  7. Age like winter weather … age like winter bare —William Shakespeare

    These comparisons of age to the weather, from the poem The Passionate Pilgrim, are alternated with youth and the weather similes.

    See Also: YOUTH, WEATHER

  8. Age, like woman, requires fit surroundings —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. Ageless as the sun —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  10. The age of man resembles a book: infancy and old age are the blank leaves; youth, the preface; and man, the body or most important portion of life’s volume —Edward Parsons Day
  11. (Each year in me) ages as quickly as lilac in May —F. D. Reeve

    The simile marks the opening of a poem entitled Curriculum Vitae.

  12. Antique as the statues of the Greeks —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  13. As a white candle in a holy place, so is the beauty of an aged face —Joseph Campbell

    See Also: BEAUTY

  14. At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage —John Andrew Holmes
  15. At thirty-nine, the days grow shorter, and night kneels like a rapist on the edge of your bed —Richard Selzer
  16. At twenty man is like a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty nothing at all —Valtasar Gracian
  17. Awareness [of one’s own age] comes … like a slap in the eye —Ingrid Bergman, on seeing a friend no longer young


  18. Being seventy-five means you sometimes get up in the morning and feel like a bent hairpin —Hume Cronyn, “Sixty Minutes” interview with Mike Wallace, April 12, 1987


  19. He could account for his age as a man might account for an extraordinary amount of money he finds has slipped through his fingers —John Yount

    In his novel, Hardcastle, Yount expands on the simile as follows: “Sure, he could think back and satisfy himself that nothing was lost, but merely spent. Yet the odd notion persists that, if he knew just how to do it, he might shake himself awake and discover that he is young after all.”

  20. Grow old before my eyes … as if time beat down on her like rain in a thunderstorm, every second a year —Erich Maria Remarque
  21. He had reached the time of life when Alps and cathedrals become as transient as flowers —Edith Wharton
  22. He who lives to see two or three generations is like a man who sits some time in the conjurer’s booth —Arthur Schopenhauer
  23. How earthy old people become … moldy as the gravel —Henry David Thoreau
  24. Old as Methuselah —Seventeenth century proverb

    This has inspired many variations including another cliche, “As old as the hills,” generally attributed to Sir Walter Scott’s The Monastery and Dickens’ David Copperfield.

  25. I feel age like an icicle down my back —Dyson Carter
  26. A man of fifty looks old as Santa Claus to a girl of 20 —William Feather
  27. A man’s as old as his arteries —Pierre J. G. Cabanis
  28. Most old men are like old trees, past bearing themselves, will suffer no young plants to flourish beneath them —Alexander Pope
  29. My age is as a lusty winter, frosty but kind —William Shakespeare
  30. Old age is a tyrant which forbids the pleasures of youth on pain of death —Franois, Due de La Rochefoucauld
  31. Old age is false as Egypt is, and, like the wilderness, surprises —Babette Deutsch
  32. Old age is like an opium-dream. Nothing seems real except what is unreal —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  33. Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re on board there’s nothing you can do —Golda Meir, quoted on being over 70 by Oriana Fallaci, L’Europe, 1973
  34. Old age is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and dying as on a battlefield —Muriel Spark
  35. Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young —Fred Astaire
  36. Old age is rather like fatigue, except that you cannot correct it by relaxing or taking a vacation —B. F. Skinner and M. E. Vaughan
  37. Old age is rather like another country. You will enjoy it more if you have prepared yourself before you go —B. F. Skinner and M. E. Vaughan
  38. Old age took her [Queen Elizabeth] by surprise, like a frost —Anon
  39. Old as a garment the moths shall eat up —The Holy Bible/Isaiah
  40. Old as a hieroglyph —John Berryman
  41. Old as civilization —Morley Safer, “60 Minutes” segment on torture, November 9, 1986
  42. Old as death —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  43. Old as God —Delmore Schwartz
  44. Old as the sun —Slogan, Sun Insurance Co.
  45. Old as history —Slogan, Anheuser-Busch beer
  46. (I’m as) old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth —Jonathan Swift
  47. (Made her feel) older than coal —Joseph Wambaugh
  48. The old man is like a candle before the wind —Hilda Doolittle
  49. An old man, like a spider, can never make love without beating his own death watch —Charles Caleb Colton
  50. The old man who is loved is winter with flowers —German proverb
  51. (The Jewish women were as … ) old as nature, as round as the earth —Thomas Wolfe
  52. (The problem now is as) old as realism —Max Apple
  53. Old as stone —Marge Piercy
  54. Old as the most ancient of cities and older —Saul Bellow
  55. Old women and old men … huddle like misers over their bag of life —Randall Jarrell
  56. Some men mellow with age, like wine; but others get still more stringent, like vinegar —Henry C. Rowland
  57. The span of his seventy-five years had acted as a magic bellows —the first quarter century had blown him full with life, and the last had sucked it all back —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  58. To be seventy years old is like climbing the Alps —William Wadsworth Longfellow
  59. Years steal fire from the mind as vigour from the limb —Lord Byron
  60. You know you’re getting older when every day seems like Monday —Kitty Carlisle quoting her mother, 1985 television interview
  61. Youth is like a dream; middle age, a forlorn hope; and old age a nostalgia with a pervasive flavor of newly turned earth —Gerald Kersh




before one had nails on one’s toes See TIME.

brand-new Entirely or completely new; unused; absolutely or perfectly new; also bran-new. This term, in use since 1570, is said to have come from the Anglo-Saxon word brand ‘torch’ and formerly denoted metals or metal articles fresh from the fire or furnace. A synonym is fire-new used by Shakespeare in Richard III:

Your fire-new stamp of Honor is scarce current. (I, iii)

knee-high to a grasshopper See PHYSICAL STATURE.

long in the tooth Old; showing signs of old age. Although currently used of people, this expression originally applied exclusively to horses. It refers to the seemingly longer length of an older horse’s teeth, due to gum recession.

To be honest I am getting quite long in the tooth and this is a method of bringing children into my Christmas. (Sunday Express, December 24, 1972)

over the hill Past the time of greatest efficiency or power, past the prime of life, too old, aging; also, past the crisis, over the hurdles. The expression’s latter meanings may be derived from a traveler’s achievement of crossing a hill, after which the going is easier. The phrase’s more common meanings, however, allude to a hill as being the high point, or apex, of one’s effectiveness and authority, after which the only course is downhill. In contemporary usage, the phrase most often describes a person of advancing age.

As they say about boxers who are getting on in years, she is over the hill. (I. Cross, God Boy, 1957

salad days Youth; the time of juvenile inexperience and naivete; the springtime of one’s life. This expression may have derived as an analogy between green ‘inexperienced, Immature’ and the predominant color of salad ingredients. This comparison was made in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (I,v):

My salad days,
when I was green in judgment.

Today, in addition to the phrase’s youthful sense, salad days also refers to any period in a person’s life or career characterized by callowness and unsophistication.

In directing “The Pride and the Passion” Stanley Kramer created a picture as vast, heavily populated, and downright foolish as anything the Master [Cecil B. DeMille] confected in his salad days. (New Yorker, July, 1957)


Past participle: aged
Gerund: ageing/aging

I age
you age
he/she/it ages
we age
you age
they age
I aged
you aged
he/she/it aged
we aged
you aged
they aged
Present Continuous
I am ageing/aging
you are ageing/aging
he/she/it is ageing/aging
we are ageing/aging
you are ageing/aging
they are ageing/aging
Present Perfect
I have aged
you have aged
he/she/it has aged
we have aged
you have aged
they have aged
Past Continuous
I was ageing/aging
you were ageing/aging
he/she/it was ageing/aging
we were ageing/aging
you were ageing/aging
they were ageing/aging
Past Perfect
I had aged
you had aged
he/she/it had aged
we had aged
you had aged
they had aged
I will age
you will age
he/she/it will age
we will age
you will age
they will age
Future Perfect
I will have aged
you will have aged
he/she/it will have aged
we will have aged
you will have aged
they will have aged
Future Continuous
I will be ageing/aging
you will be ageing/aging
he/she/it will be ageing/aging
we will be ageing/aging
you will be ageing/aging
they will be ageing/aging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ageing/aging
you have been ageing/aging
he/she/it has been ageing/aging
we have been ageing/aging
you have been ageing/aging
they have been ageing/aging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ageing/aging
you will have been ageing/aging
he/she/it will have been ageing/aging
we will have been ageing/aging
you will have been ageing/aging
they will have been ageing/aging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ageing/aging
you had been ageing/aging
he/she/it had been ageing/aging
we had been ageing/aging
you had been ageing/aging
they had been ageing/aging
I would age
you would age
he/she/it would age
we would age
you would age
they would age
Past Conditional
I would have aged
you would have aged
he/she/it would have aged
we would have aged
you would have aged
they would have aged


A subdivision of geological time.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.age - how long something has existedage - how long something has existed; "it was replaced because of its age"
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
chronological age - age measured by the time (years and months) that something or someone has existed; "his chronological age was 71 years"
bone age - a person's age measured by matching their bone development (as shown by X rays) with bone development of an average person of known chronological age
developmental age - a measure of a child's development (in body size or motor skill or psychological function) expressed in terms of age norms
fertilization age, fetal age, gestational age - the age of an embryo counting from the time of fertilization
mental age - the level of intellectual development as measured by an intelligence test
oldness - the quality of being old; the opposite of newness
newness - the quality of being new; the opposite of oldness
oldness - the opposite of youngness
youngness - the opposite of oldness
2.age - an era of history having some distinctive feature; "we live in a litigious age"
history - the aggregate of past events; "a critical time in the school's history"
epoch, era - a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
golden age - any period (sometimes imaginary) of great peace and prosperity and happiness
Jazz Age - the 1920s in the United States characterized in the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald as a period of wealth, youthful exuberance, and carefree hedonism
reign - the period during which a monarch is sovereign; "during the reign of Henry VIII"
turn of the century - the period from about ten years before to ten years after a new century
3.age - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arisesage - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld"
lifespan, lifetime, life-time, life - the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death); "the battery had a short life"; "he lived a long and happy life"
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
age of consent - the minimum age for marrying without parental consent or the minimum age for consensual sexual relations; intercourse at an earlier age can result in a charge of assault or statutory rape; the age differs in different states of the Union
legal age, majority - the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs
nonage, minority - any age prior to the legal age
drinking age - the age at which is legal for a person to buy alcoholic beverages
voting age - the age at which a person is old enough to vote in public elections
4.age - a prolonged period of timeage - a prolonged period of time; "we've known each other for ages"; "I haven't been there for years and years"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
month of Sundays - a time perceived as long; "I hadn't seen him in a month of Sundays"
eon, aeon - an immeasurably long period of time; "oh, that happened eons ago"
blue moon - a long time; "something that happens once in blue moon almost never happens"
year dot - as long ago as anyone can remember; "he has been a conductor since the year dot"
5.age - a late time of lifeage - a late time of life; "old 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"
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
mid-sixties, sixties - the time of life between 60 and 70
mid-seventies, seventies - the time of life between 70 and 80
mid-eighties, eighties - the time of life between 80 and 90
mid-nineties, nineties - the time of life between 90 and 100
dotage, second childhood, senility - mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations
Verb1.age - begin to seem olderage - begin to seem older; get older; "The death of his wife caused him to age fast"
develop - grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; "A flower developed on the branch"; "The country developed into a mighty superpower"; "The embryo develops into a fetus"; "This situation has developed over a long time"
2.age - grow old or olderage - grow old or older; "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"; "Young men senesce"
turn - become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year"
fossilise, fossilize - become mentally inflexible
develop - grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; "A flower developed on the branch"; "The country developed into a mighty superpower"; "The embryo develops into a fetus"; "This situation has developed over a long time"
dote - be foolish or senile due to old age
3.age - make older; "The death of his child aged him tremendously"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
rejuvenate - make younger or more youthful; "The contact with his grandchildren rejuvenated him"


1. years, days, generation, lifetime, stage of life, length of life, length of existence He's very confident for his age.
2. old age, experience, maturity, completion, seniority, fullness, majority, maturation, senility, decline (of life), advancing years, dotage, declining years, senescence, full growth, agedness, autumn or evening of your life, matureness Perhaps he has grown wiser with age.
old age youth, childhood, adolescence, immaturity, young days, salad days, boyhood or girlhood, juvenescence
3. time, day(s), period, generation, era, epoch the age of steam and steel
4. a long time, years, forever, a lifetime, an eternity, aeons, yonks (informal) He waited what seemed an age.
a long time a second, a moment, an instant, a short time, a flash, a little while, a split second, no time at all, a jiffy (informal), two shakes of a lamb's tail (informal), the twinkling or wink of an eye
plural noun
1. (Informal) a long time or while, years, centuries, for ever (informal), aeons, donkey's years (informal), yonks (informal), a month of Sundays (informal), an age or eternity The bus took ages to arrive.
1. grow old, decline, weather, fade, deteriorate, wither He seemed to have aged in the last few months.
2. mature, season, condition, soften, mellow, ripen Whisky loses strength as it ages.
come of age reach adulthood, mature, develop, grow up, bloom, blossom, become adult The money was held in trust until he came of age.
"Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing; age, which forgives itself anything, is forgiven nothing" [George Bernard Shaw Maxims for Revolutionists]
"With age, the mind grows slower and more wily" [Mason Cooley City Aphorisms]
"Age appears to be best in four things - old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read" [Francis Bacon Apophthegms, no. 97]


1. Old age:
2. A particular time notable for its distinctive characteristics:
day, epoch, era, period, time (often used in plural).
3. Informal. A long time.Used in plural:
eon, eternity, long, year (used in plural).
Informal: blue moon.
1. To grow old:
2. To bring or come to full development:
زمنشَيْخُوخَهعَصْرعُمْرعُمْر، سِن
věkstářístárnoutvěčnostdělat starým
alderalderstrinblive gammelevighedgeneration
életkorigen sokákorrégen
aldureldast, verîa gamallóratímitímabil, öld
amžiausamžinasamžiuslabai senasnesenstantis
leeftijdoud doen wordenoud wordenouderdomtijd
yaşyaşlanmakyaşlılıkçağçok uzun zaman


A. N
1. [of person, animal, building] → edad f
what age is she?¿qué edad tiene?¿cuántos años tiene?
when I was your agecuando tenía tu edad
I have a daughter your age or the same age as youtengo una hija de tu edad or de tu misma edad
he's twice your agete dobla en edad
he's half your agelo doblas en edad
act your age!¡compórtate de acuerdo con tu edad!, ¡no seas niño!
people of all agesgente de todas las edades
at my agea mi edad
at the age of 11a los 11 años, a la edad de 11 años
from an early agedesde muy pequeño
to feel one's agesentirse viejo
she looks/doesn't look her ageaparenta/no aparenta la edad que tiene
60 is no age at all60 años no son nada
he is five years of agetiene cinco años (de edad)
they are both of an agelos dos tienen la misma edad
to be of an age to do sthtener edad suficiente para hacer algo
2. (= adulthood)
to be of ageser mayor de edad
to come of age (lit, fig) → llegar a or alcanzar la mayoría de edad
to be under ageser menor de edad
3. (= old age)
age is beginning to tell on himlos años empiezan a pesar sobre él
wine improves with ageel vino mejora con el paso del tiempo
4. (= era) → era f
this is the age of the carésta es la era del automóvil
the age we live inlos tiempos que vivimos, los tiempos que corren
in the age of steamen la era de las locomotoras de vapor
see also enlightenment, nuclear, reason A3
5. (= long time) we waited an age or for agesesperamos una eternidad
it's ages or an age since I saw himhace siglos or un siglo que no lo veo
you took ageshas tardado una eternidad or un siglo
B. VT [+ person] → envejecer; [+ wine] → envejecer, criar, añejar
the experience had aged her terriblyesa experiencia la había envejecido tremendamente
C. VI [person] → envejecer; [wine] → madurar, añejarse
he has aged a lotha envejecido mucho
she seems to have aged ten years in the last monthparece haber envejecido diez años en el último mes
to age well [wine] → mejorar con los años
she has aged wellse conserva bien para la edad que tiene, le sientan bien los años
D. CPD age bracket Ngrupo m de edad, grupo m etario (more frm)
age difference Ndiferencia f de edad
age discrimination Ndiscriminación f por razón de edad
age group Ngrupo m de edad, grupo m etario (more frm)
the 40 to 50 age groupel grupo que comprende los de 40 a 50 años, el grupo de edad de 40 a 50
children of the same age groupniños de la misma edad
age limit Nlímite m de edad, edad f mínima/máxima
there is no upper age limitno hay un límite máximo de edad
age range Nescala f de edad
children in the age range from 12 to 14niños que van de los 12 a los 14 años


(length of existence)âge m
what age is he? → quel âge a-t-il?
he is 20 years of age → il a 20 ans
at the age of 16 → à l'âge de seize ans
you don't look your age → tu ne fais pas ton âge
to be under age [person] → être mineur(e)
see also under age
to come of age → atteindre la majorité
act your age! → ne fais pas l'enfant!
with age → avec l'âge
Wine improves with age → Le vin s'améliore avec l'âge.
(latter part of life)grand âge m, vieillesse f
signs of age → signes mpl de vieillesse
He is showing signs of age → Il montre des signes de vieillesse.
(= era) → ère f, âge m
the Stone Age → l'âge de pierre
the Iron Age → l'âge du fer
the information age → l'ère de l'information
the nuclear age → l'ère nucléaire
the age of television → l'ère de la télévision
through the ages → à travers les âges
an age of uncertainty → une époque d'incertitude
We live in an age of uncertainty → Nous vivons une époque d'incertitude.
(= long time) an age, ages → une éternité
it's been ages since ... → ça fait une éternité que ... ne ...
for ages
I haven't been to the cinema for ages → Ça fait une éternité que je ne suis pas allé au cinéma.


(of person, star, building etc)Alter nt; what is her age?, what age is she?wie alt ist sie?; he is ten years of ageer ist zehn Jahre alt; trees of great ageBäume von hohem Alter; age doesn’t matterdas Alter spielt keine Rolle; at the age of 15im Alter von 15 Jahren, mit 15 Jahren; at your agein deinem Alter; when I was your ageals ich in deinem Alter war, als ich so alt war wie du; when you’re my agewenn du erst in mein Alter kommst, wenn du erst mal so alt bist wie ich; I have a daughter your ageich habe eine Tochter in Ihrem Alter; but he’s twice your ageaber er ist ja doppelt so alt wie du; we’re of an agewir sind gleichaltrig; he is now of an age to understand these thingser ist jetzt alt genug, um das zu verstehen; over agezu alt; she doesn’t look her ageman sieht ihr ihr Alter nicht an, sie sieht jünger aus, als sie ist; be or act your age!sei nicht kindisch!
(= length of life)Lebensdauer f; (of human)Lebenserwartung f; the age of a star can be millions of yearsein Stern kann viele Millionen Jahre existieren
(Jur) to be of agevolljährig or mündig sein; to come of agevolljährig or mündig werden, die Volljährigkeit erlangen; (fig)den Kinderschuhen entwachsen; under ageminderjährig, unmündig; age of consent (for marriage) → Ehemündigkeitsalter nt; intercourse with girls under the age of consentUnzucht fmit Minderjährigen
(= old age)Alter nt; bowed with agevom Alter gebeugt; age before beauty (hum)Alter vor Schönheit
(= period, epoch)Zeit (→ alter nt) f; the atomic agedas Atomzeitalter; the age of technologydas technologische Zeitalter; in this age of inflationin dieser inflationären Zeit; the Stone agedie Steinzeit; the Edwardian agedie Zeit or Ära Edwards VII; the age of Socratesdas Zeitalter Sokrates; down the agesdurch alle Zeiten; what will future ages think of us?was werden kommende Generationen von uns halten?
(inf: = long time) ages, an ageeine Ewigkeit, Ewigkeiten pl, → ewig (lang) (all inf); I haven’t seen him for ages or for an ageich habe ihn eine Ewigkeit or Ewigkeiten or ewig (lang) nicht gesehen (inf); it’s been ages since we metwir haben uns ja eine Ewigkeit etc nicht mehr gesehen (inf); to take ageseine Ewigkeit dauern (inf); (person)ewig brauchen (inf)
vialt werden, altern; (wine, cheese)reifen; you have ageddu bist alt geworden; she seems to have aged ten yearssie scheint um zehn Jahre gealtert zu sein
(dress, hairstyle etc)alt machen; (worry etc)alt werden lassen, altern lassen
wine, cheeselagern, reifen lassen


adj cosmeticsAnti-Aging- attr; behaviourseinem/ihrem tatsächlichen Alter nicht entsprechend
age difference, age gap
nAltersunterschied m
age group
nAltersgruppe f; the forty to fifty agedie (Alters)gruppe der Vierzig- bis Fünfzigjährigen


adjzeitlos; she seems to be one of those age peoplesie scheint zu den Menschen zu gehören, die nie alt werden
age limit
nAltersgrenze f
adjsehr lange, ewig (inf)


age range
nAltersgruppe f
age spot
nAltersfleck m


1. n
a.età f inv; (of thing) → anni mpl
old age → vecchiaia
what's his age?, what age is he? → quanti anni ha?
when I was your age → quando avevo la tua età
he doesn't look his age → non dimostra la sua età or i suoi anni
at the age of → all'età di
to come of age → diventare maggiorenne, raggiungere la maggiore età
b. (period) → epoca, era
the Iron Age → l'età del ferro
c. (fam) (long time) we waited (for) agesabbiamo aspettato per ore
it's an age or ages since I saw him → sono secoli che non lo vedo
3. viinvecchiare


(eidʒ) noun
1. the amount of time during which a person or thing has existed. He went to school at the age of six (years); What age is she?
2. (often with capital) a particular period of time. This machine was the wonder of the age; the Middle Ages.
3. the quality of being old. This wine will improve with age; With the wisdom of age he regretted the mistakes he had made in his youth.
4. (usually in plural) a very long time. We've been waiting (for) ages for a bus.
verbpresent participle ˈag(e)ing
to (cause to) grow old or look old. He has aged a lot since I last saw him; His troubles have aged him.
aged adjective
1. (ˈeidʒid) old. an aged man.
2. (eidʒd) of the age of. a child aged five.
ˈageless adjective
never growing old or never looking older. ageless beauty.
ˈage-old adjective
done, known etc for a very long time. an age-old custom.
the aged (ˈeidʒid)
old people. care for the aged.
(come) of age
(to become) old enough to be considered legally an adult (eg in Britain aged eighteen or over).


عُمْر věk alder Alter ηλικία edad ikä âge dob età 年齢 나이 leeftijd alder wiek idade возраст ålder อายุ yaş tuổi 年龄


n. edad;
___ of consentmayor de ___, mayoría de ___;
full ___mayor de edad;
legal ______ legal;
tender ___infancia, primera edad.


n edad f; bone — edad ósea; child-bearing — edad fértil; gestational — edad gestacional; middle — mediana edad; old — vejez f, tercera edad (euph)
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The boys addressed responded the invariable "Yes, Mas'r," for ages the watchword of poor Africa; but it's to be owned they did not look particularly cheerful; they had their various little prejudices in favor of wives, mothers, sisters, and children, seen for the last time,--and though "they that wasted them required of them mirth," it was not instantly forthcoming.