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wage



Pronunciation: (wāj), [key]
n., v., waged, wag•ing.


n.
1. Often, wages. money that is paid or received for work or services, as by the hour, day, or week. Cf. living wage, minimum wage.
2. Usually, wages. Econ.the share of the products of industry received by labor for its work (as distinct from the share going to capital).
3. Usually, wages. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) recompense or return: The wages of sin is death.
4. Obs.a pledge or security.

v.t.
1. to carry on (a battle, war, conflict, argument, etc.): to wage war against a nation.
2. Chiefly Brit. Dial.to hire.
3. Obs.
a. to stake or wager.
b. to pledge.

v.i.
Obs.to contend; struggle.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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