Definitions of wage

  1. To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake; to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar.
  2. To expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger; to venture; to hazard.
  3. To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or pledge; to carry on, as a war.
  4. To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
  5. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to.
  6. To give security for the performance of.
  7. That which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage.
  8. That for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; - at present generally used in the plural. See Wages.
  9. To engage in, or carry on, as war.
  10. To pledge: to engage in as if by pledge: to carry on, esp. of war: to venture.
  11. To carry on, as war.
  12. To engage in vigorously, as a conflict.
  13. To bind one's self; to engage.
  14. as of wars, battles, or campaigns; " Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
  15. 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.
  16. To make or carry on, as war.
  17. Waging.
  18. 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.
  19. Payment for service rendered; usually in the plural.
  20. Usually in the.
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