Definition of old age noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


old age

BrE BrE//ˌəʊld ˈeɪdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊld ˈeɪdʒ//
[uncountable] Old age
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the time of your life when you are old Old age can bring many problems. He lived alone in his old age. CollocationsThe ages of lifeChildhood/​youth be born and raised/​bred in Oxford; into a wealthy/​middle-class family have a happy/​an unhappy/​a tough childhood grow up in a musical family/​in an orphanage/​on a farm be/​grow up an only child (= with no brothers or sisters) reach/​hit/​enter/​go through adolescence/​puberty be in your teens/​early twenties/​mid-twenties/​late twenties undergo/​experience physical/​psychological changes give in to/​succumb to/​resist peer pressure assert your independence/​individualityAdulthood leave school/​university/​home go out to work (at sixteen) get/​find a job/​partner be/​get engaged/​married have/​get a wife/​husband/​mortgage/​steady job settle down and have kids/​children/​a family begin/​start/​launch/​build a career (in politics/​science/​the music industry) prove (to be)/represent/​mark/​reach a turning point in your life/​career reach/​be well into/​settle into middle age have/​suffer/​go through a midlife crisis take/​consider early retirement approach/​announce/​enjoy your retirementOld age have/​see/​spend time with your grandchildren take up/​pursue/​develop a hobby get/​receive/​draw/​collect/​live on a pension approach/​save for/​die from old age live to a ripe old age reach the grand old age of 102/23 (often ironic) be/​become/​be getting/​be going senile (often ironic) die (peacefully)/pass away in your sleep/​after a brief illness See related entries: Old ageExtra examples He attained a good old age and died content. He took up golf in his old age. Loss of hearing often occurs in old age. She can look forward to a happy old age. She lived to the ripe old age of 98. She was now well into old age. fears about a lonely old age
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