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Meaning of WAGE

Pronunciation:  weyj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that remunerates; "wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
  2. [v]  as of wars, battles, or campaigns; "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"

WAGE is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: earnings, engage, pay, remuneration, salary
 See Also: combat pay, double time, fight, found, half-pay, living wage, merit pay, minimum wage, offer, pay envelope, pay packet, payroll, paysheet, provide, put up, regular payment, sick pay, strike pay, struggle, take-home pay



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wage\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Waged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Waging}.] [OE. wagen, OF. wagier, gagier, to pledge,
    promise, F. gager to wager, lay, bet, fr. LL. wadium a
    pledge; of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. wadi a pledge,
    gawadj[=o]n to pledge, akin to E. wed, G. wette a wager. See
    {Wed}, and cf. {Gage}.]
    1. To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake;
       to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar. --Hakluyt.
             My life I never but as a pawn To wage against thy
             enemies.                              --Shak.
    2. To expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger;
       to venture; to hazard. ``Too weak to wage an instant trial
       with the king.'' --Shak.
             To wake and wage a danger profitless. --Shak.
    3. To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or
       pledge; to carry on, as a war.
             [He pondered] which of all his sons was fit To reign
             and wage immortal war with wit.       --Dryden.
             The two are waging war, and the one triumphs by the
             destruction of the other.             --I. Taylor.
    4. To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
       [Obs.] ``Thou . . . must wage thy works for wealth.''
    5. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to.
             Abundance of treasure which he had in store,
             wherewith he might wage soldiers.     --Holinshed.
             I would have them waged for their labor. --Latimer.
    6. (O. Eng. Law) To give security for the performance of.
    {To wage battle} (O. Eng. Law), to give gage, or security,
       for joining in the duellum, or combat. See {Wager of
       battel}, under {Wager}, n. --Burrill.
    {To wage one's law} (Law), to give security to make one's
       law. See {Wager of law}, under {Wager}, n.
  2. \Wage\, v. i.
    To bind one's self; to engage. [Obs.]
  3. \Wage\, n. [OF. wage, gage, guarantee, engagement. See
    {Wage}, v. t. ]
    1. That which is staked or ventured; that for which one
       incurs risk or danger; prize; gage. [Obs.] ``That warlike
       wage.'' --Spenser.
    2. That for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated
       payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; --
       at present generally used in the plural. See {Wages}. ``My
       day's wage.'' --Sir W. Scott. ``At least I earned my
       wage.'' --Thackeray. ``Pay them a wage in advance.'' --J.
       Morley. ``The wages of virtue.'' --Tennyson.
             By Tom Thumb, a fairy page, He sent it, and doth him
             engage, By promise of a mighty wage, It secretly to
             carry.                                --Drayton.
             Our praises are our wages.            --Shak.
             Existing legislation on the subject of wages.
                                                   --Encyc. Brit.
    Note: Wage is used adjectively and as the first part of
          compounds which are usually self-explaining; as, wage
          worker, or wage-worker; wage-earner, etc.
    {Board wages}. See under 1st {Board}.
    Syn: Hire; reward; stipend; salary; allowance; pay;
         compensation; remuneration; fruit.