age
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noun
1 how old sb/sth is ⇨ See also ↑old age
ADJECTIVE
early, tender, young

He was sent away to school at an early age.

advanced, great, old, ripe

He was still active even at the advanced age of 87.

White hair is a sign of great age.

She dreaded old age.

advancing, increasing
middle, third (BrE)

a pleasant woman in early middle age

childbearing, pensionable (BrE), retirement, school, school-leaving (BrE)

children of school age

drinking, voting, working
mental, reading (esp. BrE)
VERB + AGE
attain, get to, live to, reach

When you get to my age you get a different perspective on life.

She lived to the age of 75.

act, feel, look

Act your age!

She was beginning to feel her age (= feel that she was getting old).

lower, raise

The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 years.

AGE + NOUN
group, range
limit
PREPOSITION
at a/the age

At your age I had already started work.

between the ages

children between the ages of five and eleven

by the age

He could read by the age of four.

for sb's age

He's quite a big boy for his age.

over (the) age

Twelve million people are over retirement age.

under age

It is illegal to sell alcohol to children who are under age (= not legally old enough).

under the age

It is illegal to sell alcohol to children under the age of 18.

with age

A lot of wines improve with age.

age of

He left school at the age of 18.

PHRASES
the age of consent

The general age of consent for sexual activity is 16.

sb's own age

She needs a friend of her own age to play with.

years of age

He's 20 years of age.

2 period of history
ADJECTIVE
another, bygone, different

This exquisite little hotel seemed to belong to a different age.

Bronze, Ice, Stone
computer, digital, industrial, modern, nuclear, etc.
Elizabethan, Victorian, etc.
golden

the golden age of Hollywood

PREPOSITION
during the … age

He lived during the Victorian age.

in a/the age

She lived in an age when few women became politicians.

through the ages

an exhibition of Islamic art through the ages

age of

the age of the computer

PHRASES
in this day and age (= in the period we now live in)

Why dress so formally in this day and age?

3 ages/an age (esp. BrE) a very long time
VERB + AGES/AN AGE
spend, take

It took an age for us all to get on the boat.

PHRASES
absolutely ages

I've been sitting here for absolutely ages.

ages ago

Carlos left ages ago.

for ages

We had to wait for ages!

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verb
ADVERB
a lot, really

The shock has aged her a lot.

My mother has really aged since she got sick.

a little

He had put on weight and aged a little.

quickly, rapidly

a rapidly ageing/aging population

prematurely
gracefully, well

This wine has not aged well.

Age is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑population, ↑skin, ↑wine
Age is used with these nouns as the object: ↑skin, ↑wine

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