of age

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Adj.1.of age - having attained a specific ageof age - having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable); "aged ten"; "ten years of age"
old - (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"
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(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).
References in classic literature ?
For the experience of age, in things that fall within the compass of it, directeth them; but in new things, abuseth them.
Indeed it is as much the business of the legislator as anything else, to banish every indecent expression out of the state: for from a permission to speak whatever is shameful, very quickly arises the doing it, and this particularly with young people: for which reason let them never speak nor hear any such thing: but if it appears that any freeman has done or said anything that is forbidden before he is of age to be thought fit to partake of the common meals, let him be punished by disgrace and stripes; but if a person above that age does so, let him be treated as you would a slave, on account of his being infamous.
He came of rich people down in Somersetshire, who had nursed this combination of qualities until they made the discovery that it was just of age and a blockhead.
He wore the old Puritan dress, a dark cloak and a steeplecrowned hat, in the fashion of at least fifty years before, with a heavy sword upon his thigh, but a staff in his hand to assist the tremulous gait of age.
Chaucer was now thirty years of age, and his practical sagacity and knowledge of men had been recognized; for from this time on he held important public positions.
Newton and Laplace need myriads of age and thick-strewn celestial areas.
Except that I still had some trouble with my wound, behold me now to all appearance one of the most enviable of existing mortals; promoted to the position of a wealthy gentleman; possessor of a house in London and of a country-seat in Perthshire; and, nevertheless, at twenty-three years of age, one of the most miserable men living!
Mademoiselle Stangerson was, at the time when her father returned from America and bought the Glandier estate, twenty years of age.
The nearest estimate I can give makes me now between twenty-seven and twenty- eight years of age.
Now turn we unto Sir Marhaus that rode with the damsel of thirty winter of age southward --"
Accurately described, Lord Lydiard's widow was short and fat, and, in the matter of age, perilously near her sixtieth birthday.
What the Roman and Grecian multitude could not hear, after the lapse of ages a few scholars read, and a few scholars only are still reading it.