Definitions of wage

  1. something that remunerates; " wages were paid by check"; " he wasted his pay on drink"; " they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
  2. as of wars, battles, or campaigns; " Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
  3. Usually.
  4. To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake; to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar.
  5. To expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger; to venture; to hazard.
  6. To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or pledge; to carry on, as a war.
  7. To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
  8. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to.
  9. To give security for the performance of.
  10. To bind one's self; to engage.
  11. That which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage.
  12. That for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; - at present generally used in the plural. See Wages.
  13. The remuneration paid or benefits granted to an employee.
  14. To engage in, or carry on, as war.
  15. Waging.
  16. To pledge: to engage in as if by pledge: to carry on, esp. of war: to venture.
  17. A gage or stake: that for which one labors: wages. Though a plural, wages sometimes has a verb in the singular. " The wages of sin is death."- Rom. vi. 23. " Wages, then, depend mainly upon the demand and supply of labor."- J. S. Mill. In ordinary language the term wages is usually restricted to the remuneration for mechanical or muscular labor, esp. to that which is ordinarily paid at short intervals, as weekly or fortnightly, to workmen. Correctly speaking, however, what is called the fees of professional men, as lawyers, physicians, etc., the salaries of public functionaries, businessmen, etc., the pay of military and naval men, and the like, all are wages. On the other hand, when an author publishes a book, or a shoemaker sells a pair of shoes, the sums received are not wages, though to the seller they are virtually the same thing.
  18. To carry on, as war.
  19. To engage in vigorously, as a conflict.
  20. Payment for service rendered; usually in the plural.
  21. To bet; to stake; to put at hazard on the event of a contest; to venture; to make; to undertake; to carry on, as to wage war. See Wed.
  22. Usually in the.
  23. To make or carry on, as war.

Usage examples for wage

  1. Hrothgar's grief was profound, for he had lost thirty of his dearly loved bodyguard, and he himself was too old to wage a conflict against the foe- a foe who repeated night by night his awful deeds, in spite of all that valour could do to save the Danes from his terrible enmity. – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  2. Owing to the dangerous character of the occupation, a high wage and pension was offered as an inducement to join the service; at least, the wage and pension were considered very good at the time. – Looking Seaward Again by Walter Runciman
  3. He was to wage no less courageous a battle at home, in the King's own capital. – Richard Carvel, Volume 5 by Winston Churchill
  4. 5103. Was that wage fixed at the commencement of the year or at settlement time? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  5. You have had your full money value from me, fair work for fair wage. – The Heath Hover Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  6. I know the secretary of the Women's Wage Increase Committee does- but who else? – Non-combatants and Others by Rose Macaulay
  7. We can imagine the silent troopers assembling in the market- place late in the evening, and then marching out twelve companies strong to wage an unequal contest against a large body of Royalists. – Vanishing England by P. H. Ditchfield
  8. A man earning between three and four hundred a year should not claim Government help to breed children, when there are such numbers of people living on a much lower wage. – Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Various Aspects of the Problem of Abortion in New Zealand by David G. McMillan Janet Fraser Sylvia G. Chapman Thomas F. Corkhill Tom L. Paget
  9. They seemed to lack individuality and forcefulness, these pallid, serious- faced regulars of the civilian army of wage- getters. – Lost Farm Camp by Harry Herbert Knibbs
  10. That is well said, said Arthur, now have I a sword, now will I wage battle with him, and be avenged on him. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  11. As a vantage point from which to wage commercial and military aggression in the Far East, the Philippines may possess certain advantages. – The American Empire by Scott Nearing
  12. It was aimed at one of the strongest champions the wage- worker has ever had; at one of the most faithful representatives of the system of public rights and representative government who has ever risen to public office. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  13. American wage- workers work with their heads as well as their hands. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  14. They cannot hope to wage successful war, but they may bring much suffering to others. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930 by Various
  15. A day's wage was only 5 cents, so each family was required to pay an equivalent of twenty days' labor annually. – The Bontoc Igorot by Albert Ernest Jenks
  16. So now did I have two battles to wage: one with Alex Goddard and one with her? – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  17. I began to get some understanding of the battle which it falls to the lot of some of us human beings to wage. – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell
  18. Can we ever flatter ourselves that we shall wage a more successful war? – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  19. They will tell you that all they ask is a living wage, a chance to work, and the just recognition of their services by those who know and appreciate and understand. – Craftsmanship in Teaching by William Chandler Bagley