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Definition of age verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    age

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//eɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪdʒ//
     
    In British English the present participle can also be spelled ageing.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they age
    BrE BrE//eɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪdʒ//
     
    he / she / it ages
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪdʒɪz//
     
    past simple aged
    BrE BrE//eɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪdʒd//
     
    past participle aged
    BrE BrE//eɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪdʒd//
     
    -ing form aging
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to become older As he aged, his memory got worse. The population is aging (= more people are living longer).
  2. 2[transitive] to make somebody/something look, feel or seem older age somebody The shock has aged her. age something Exposure to the sun ages the skin. These photos have been artificially aged.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to develop in flavour over a period of time; to allow something to do this synonym mature The cheese is left to age for at least a year. age something The wine is aged in oak casks.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin aetas, aetat-, from aevum ‘age, era’.Extra examples He had put on weight and aged a little. My mother has really aged since she became ill. The shock has aged her a lot. This wine has not aged well. a rapidly ageing/​aging population
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