The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

5 definitions found
 for Wage
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wage \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.]
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              My life I never but as a pawn
              To wage against thy enemies.          --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              To wake and wage a danger profitless. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or
        pledge; to carry on, as a war.
        [1913 Webster]
              [He pondered] which of all his sons was fit
              To reign and wage immortal war with wit. --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
              The two are waging war, and the one triumphs by the
              destruction of the other.             --I. Taylor.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
        [Obs.] "Thou . . . must wage thy works for wealth."
        [1913 Webster]
     5. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to.
        [1913 Webster]
              Abundance of treasure which he had in store,
              wherewith he might wage soldiers.     --Holinshed.
        [1913 Webster]
              I would have them waged for their labor. --Latimer.
        [1913 Webster]
     6. (O. Eng. Law) To give security for the performance of.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wage \Wage\, v. i.
     To bind one's self; to engage. [Obs.]
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wage \Wage\, n. [OF. wage, gage, guarantee, engagement. See
     Wage, v. t. ]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. That which is staked or ventured; that for which one
        incurs risk or danger; prize; gage. [Obs.] "That warlike
        wage." --Spenser.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              By Tom Thumb, a fairy page,
              He sent it, and doth him engage,
              By promise of a mighty wage,
              It secretly to carry.                 --Drayton.
        [1913 Webster]
              Our praises are our wages.            --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
              Existing legislation on the subject of wages.
                                                    --Encyc. Brit.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
           [1913 Webster]
     Board wages. See under 1st Board.
        [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Hire; reward; stipend; salary; allowance; pay;
          compensation; remuneration; fruit.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: something that remunerates; "wages were paid by check"; "he
           wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all
           their earnings" [syn: wage, pay, earnings,
           remuneration, salary]
      v 1: carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns); "Napoleon and
           Hitler waged war against all of Europe" [syn: engage,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "wage":
     base pay, carry on, compensation, conduct, dismissal wage, do,
     earnings, employ, engage in, escalator clause, escalator plan,
     exercise, financial remuneration, follow, go in for, gross income,
     guaranteed annual wage, hire, income, living wage, minimum wage,
     net income, pay, pay and allowances, payment, payroll,
     portal-to-portal pay, practice, prosecute, purchasing power,
     pursue, real wages, remuneration, salary, severance pay,
     sliding scale, specialize in, tackle, take on, take to, take up,
     take-home, take-home pay, taxable income, total compensation,
     undertake, use, wage control, wage freeze, wage reduction,
     wage rollback, wage scale, wages, wages after deductions,
     wages after taxes, work at

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229