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Definition of WAGE

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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."
        --Spenser.
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     5. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to. [Obs.] [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.
        --Burrill.
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     {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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Wage \Wage\, v. i.
     To bind one's self; to engage. [Obs.]
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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}.
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     Syn: Hire; reward; stipend; salary; allowance; pay; compensation; remuneration; fruit. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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


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