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[eɪdʒ] noun I
1) [C/U] the number of years that someone has lived
The average age of the delegates was over 60.[/ex]
At the age of 10, I went to live with my aunt.[/ex]
The film is designed to appeal to people of all ages.[/ex]
Darren's very tall for his age.[/ex]
2) [C/U] the number of years that something has existed
The value of the furniture depends on its age and condition.[/ex]
It's hard to guess the age of the object.[/ex]
3) [C/U] the time of life when it is possible, legal, or typical for people to do something
young people who have reached voting age[/ex]
4) [U] the state of being old or of becoming old
His face is starting to show signs of age.[/ex]
Good wines improve with age.[/ex]
5) [C] a period of history
We live in a materialistic age.[/ex]
It was an age of great scientific progress.[/ex]
6) ages
[plural] informal a long time
She's lived here for ages.[/ex]
He took ages to answer the phone.[/ex]
We spent ages trying to print this out.[/ex]
For the first time in ages, we sat down and talked.[/ex]
After what seemed like ages, the doctor came back.[/ex]
come of age — to reach the age when you are legally an adult[/ex]
Talking or writing about someone's age asking about age ■ how old used for asking someone their age ■ what age used for talking about someone's age at a time in the past or future. Say ‘How old are you?', not ‘What age are you?', when you are asking someone their age saying how old someone is ■ be 2/10/40 etc (years old) the most usual way of saying how old someone is ■ be 2/9/18 months old used for saying how old a baby or young child is ■ aged 2/10/40 etc used in writing, for example in newspapers, for saying how old someone is ■ a 2-/10-/40-year-old someone who is 2/10/40 years old ■ a 2-year-old child/a 10-year-old girl/a 40-year-old man used for saying that someone is 2/10/40 years old when you are not saying exactly how old someone is ■ in your teens/twenties/thirties etc used for saying that someone is aged between 13–19, 20–29, 30–39 etc ■ twenty-something/thirty-something etc used as an adjective or noun for talking about someone aged between 20–29, 30–39 etc ■ teenage aged between 13 and 19 ■ teenager someone aged between 13 and 19 ■ middle-aged no longer young, but not yet old, usually used for someone aged between 40 and 60 II
verb [I/T]
age [eɪdʒ]
to become older or look older, or to make someone do this
Her father had aged a lot since she had last seen him.[/ex]

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