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Definitions of ageing

ageing or aging (ˈeɪdʒɪŋ )



  1. the process of growing old or developing the appearance and characteristics of old age
  2. the change of properties that occurs in some metals after heat treatment or cold working



  1. becoming or appearing older or elderly   ⇒  ■ an ageing car
  2. giving or creating the appearance of age or elderliness   ⇒  ■ that dress is really ageing on her


View thesaurus entry
= growing old or older, declining, maturing, deteriorating, mellowing, in decline, senile, long in the tooth, senescent, getting on or past it (informal)
= growing old, decline, decay, deterioration, degeneration, maturation, senility, senescence

Quotations including 'ageing'

  • "But at my back I always hearTime's wingèd chariot hurrying near" [Andrew Marvell
  • "Grow old along with me!The best is yet to be" [Robert Browning

age (eɪdʒ



  1. the period of time that a person, animal, or plant has lived or is expected to live   ⇒  ■ the age of a tree,   ⇒  ■ what age was he when he died?,   ⇒  ■ the age of a horse is up to thirty years
  2. the period of existence of an object, material, group, etc   ⇒  ■ the age of this table is 200 years
    1. a period or state of human life   ⇒  ■ he should know better at his age,   ⇒  ■ she had got beyond the giggly age
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒  ■ age group
  3. the latter part of life
    1. a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era
    2. (capital when part of a name)   ⇒  ■ the Middle Ages,   ⇒  ■ the Space Age
  4. generation   ⇒  ■ the Edwardian age
  5. (geology, palaeontology)
    1. a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristics   ⇒  ■ the age of reptiles
    2. the period during which a stage of rock strata is formed; a subdivision of an epoch
  6. (mythology) any of the successive periods in the legendary history of man, which were, according to Hesiod, the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages
  7. (often plural) (informal) a relatively long time   ⇒  ■ she was an age washing her hair,   ⇒  ■ I've been waiting ages
  8. (psychology) the level in years that a person has reached in any area of development, such as mental or emotional, compared with the normal level for his chronological age . See also achievement age, mental age
  9. See age before beauty

  10. See of age



Word forms:   ages,  ageing,  aging or ,  aged
  1. to grow or make old or apparently old; become or cause to become old or aged
  2. to begin to seem older   ⇒  ■ to have aged a lot in the past year
  3. (brewing) to mature or cause to mature

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Vulgar Latin aetatīcum (unattested), from Latin aetās, ultimately from aevum lifetime; compare aeon


View thesaurus entry
= years, days, generation, lifetime, stage of life, length of life, length of existence, span, duration, life span
= old age, experience, maturity, completion, seniority, fullness, majority, maturation, senility, decline, advancing years, dotage, declining years, senescence, full growth, agedness, autumn or evening of your life, matureness
= time, day(s), period, generation, era, epoch
= a long time, years, forever, a lifetime, an eternity, aeons, yonks (informal)
= a long time or while, years, centuries, for ever (informal), aeons, donkey's years (informal), yonks (informal), a month of Sundays (informal), an age or eternity

Quotations including 'ageing'

  • "Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old" [Jonathan Swift
  • "The days of our age are threescore years and ten" [Bible: Psalm 90]
  • "Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing; age, which forgives itself anything, is forgiven nothing" [George Bernard Shaw
  • "With age, the mind grows slower and more wily" [Mason Cooley
  • "Age appears to be best in four things - old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read" [Francis Bacon
  • "If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself" [Eubie Blake (on reaching the age of 100)]
  • "Grow old along with me!The best is yet to be" [Robert Browning
  • "Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed" [Anthony Powell
  • "There is still no cure for the common birthday" [John Glenn]

Translations for 'ageing'

  • British English: ageing Someone or something that is ageing is becoming older and less healthy or efficient. ADJECTIVEHe lives with his ageing mother.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: que está envelhecendo
  • Chinese: 变衰老的人变變衰老的
  • European Spanish: envejecido envejecida
  • French: vieillissant vieillissante
  • German: alternd
  • Italian: che sta invecchiandoadj che sta invecchianda
  • Japanese: 年老いた
  • Korean: 늙어가는
  • Portuguese: que está a envelhecer
  • Spanish: envejecido envejecida
  • British English: ageing Ageing is the process of becoming old or becoming worn out. NOUNThe only signs of aging are the flecks of gray that speckle his dark hair.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: envelhecimento
  • Chinese: 变老变變老
  • European Spanish: envejecimiento
  • French: vieillissement
  • German: Altern
  • Italian: invecchiamento
  • Japanese: 高齢化
  • Korean: 노화
  • Portuguese: envelhecimento
  • Spanish: envejecimiento

Example Sentences Including 'ageing'

You betray countries and kings, not a bloody house with a few ageing retainers.
Gash, Jonathan The Tartan Ringers
Tonight I'd seen her, a fading old woman alone save for her loyal, ageing servants.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
Daniel always hoped Sarah's ageing was a self-induced fate brought on by years of malevolent intolerance.
Adair, Tom (Intro) Three Kinds of Kissing - Scottish Short Stories


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