from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Payment for labor or services to a worker, especially remuneration on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis or by the piece.
- n. Economics The portion of the national product that represents the aggregate paid for all contributing labor and services as distinguished from the portion retained by management or reinvested in capital goods.
- n. A fitting return; a recompense. Often used in the plural with a singular or plural verb: the wages of sin.
- transitive v. To engage in (a war or campaign, for example).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An amount of money paid to a worker for a specified quantity of work, usually expressed on an hourly basis.
- v. To wager, bet.
- v. To employ for wages; to hire.
- v. To conduct or carry out (a war or other contest).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake; to bet, to lay; to wager.
- transitive v. To expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger; to venture; to hazard.
- transitive v. To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or pledge; to carry on, as a war.
- transitive v. To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
- transitive v. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to.
- transitive v. To give security for the performance of.
- intransitive v. To bind one's self; to engage.
- n. That which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage.
- n. That for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; -- at present generally used in the plural. See Wages.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gage; a pledge; a stake.
- n. That which is paid for a service rendered; what is paid for labor; hire: now usually in the plural.
- n. Synonyms Pay, Hire, etc. See salary.
- To pledge; bet; stake on a chance; lay; wager.
- To venture on; hazard; attempt; encounter.
- To engage in, as in a contest; carry on, as a war; undertake.
- To let out for pay.
- To hire for pay; engage or employ for wages.
- To pay wages to.
- In ceramics, to knead, work, or temper, as potters' clay.
- To contend; battle.
- To serve as a pledge or stake for something else; be opposed as equal stakes in a wager; be equal in value: followed by with.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
- n. something that remunerates
Middle English, from Old North French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French wage, a northern variant of Old French gauge, guage (whence modern French gage), itself (possibly through a Vulgar Latin root *wadium) from Frankish *waddi, wadja (cognate with Old English wedd), from Proto-Germanic *wadjō, *wadi- (“pledge”), from Proto-Indo-European *wadh- (“to pledge, redeem a pledge”). Akin to Old Norse veþja "to pledge", Gothic wadi. Cf. also the doublet gage. More at wed. Possible contributory etylomolgy from from the Old English wæge (meaning "weight," as wages at times have been goods or coin measured on a scale). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English wagen ("to pledge"), from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French wagier, a northern variant of Old French guagier (whence modern French gager), itself either from guage or from a derivative of Frankish *waddi, *wadja, possibly through a Vulgar Latin intermediate *wadiare from *wadium. (Wiktionary)