Definition of aging in US English:


(British ageing)


  • 1The process of growing old.

    ‘the external signs of aging’
    as modifier ‘the aging process’
    • ‘Traditionally, scientists believed that aging was a biological process in which cells simply stopped dividing.’
    • ‘There are, however, exceptions, such as the Pacific salmon, in which death does not come after a process of gradual aging, but is linked to a certain stage in the life cycle, in this case to spawning.’
    • ‘The first suggests that aging evolved as a process of planned obsolescence.’
    • ‘Moreover, this approach will enhance the possibility of finding a potential interaction between an influence of neurotoxic exposure in the past and the process of aging.’
    • ‘In senior sports, ageing well is a major strategy.’
    • ‘The skin undergoes continual renewal but injury from the sun can upset the renewal process and produces premature aging as well as skin cancer.’
    • ‘Virtually every theory about ageing from the ancient Greeks to the 19th century was a version of cooling or drying or a combination of the two.’
    • ‘‘We only think there's anything wrong with curing ageing because we've grown up with it as something ghastly but inevitable,’ he claims.’
    • ‘If you know that somebody else cares about the top 20 signs of ageing you might come up with a few new ones.’
    • ‘That's a radical notion to many scientists who have long thought of aging as an uncontrollable process of deterioration that isn't regulated by single genes.’
    • ‘Basic social and behavioral research and research training on the processes of aging at both the level of the individual and the society’
    • ‘So demands for medical fixes for ageing are likely to grow.’
    • ‘Scientists seeking to control the biological process of aging may also contemplate doing so through genetic manipulations.’
    • ‘And to those who worried about growing old; it helped reduce signs of ageing.’
    • ‘The process of aging is associated with numerous changes in all bodily systems that ultimately manifest in a decline in peak physiologic function.’
    • ‘Genetic manipulations that transform the process of human aging.’
    • ‘Experts on aging and the elderly or on children, youth and families.’
    • ‘‘There's only so much you can do to alter the natural process of aging,’ says Brown.’
    • ‘The process of aging of tea leaves decreases the amount of antioxidants they contain, which seems to explain why green tea is a more powerful disease fighter than other teas.’
    • ‘Cap Lesesne, a New York plastic surgeon, hears from a lot of women worried about aging.’
    • ‘I think a lot of us want our dads to stay kind of permanently like they were maybe when we were growing up and we have trouble with any aging process.’
    • ‘Age with Spirit, as the title suggests, is a guide for the average sensible man to develop a certain poise, a psychologically sound and creative attitude to the process of aging.’
    1. 1.1 The process of change in the properties of a material occurring over a period, either spontaneously or through deliberate action.
      • ‘The intense nebbiolo flavors and tannins of the Nebbiolo d' Alba and Barolo require years of aging before they can share their inner secrets.’
      • ‘Almost all half-decent wines will benefit from a couple of years of aging (cellaring).’
      • ‘Chablis District in northern Burgundy of France where a Chardonnay-based white wine is made, normally with little or no aging in small oak barrels.’
      • ‘Andrea Costanti: classic wines needing aging to show their greatness.’
      • ‘Oak aging can soften the sharp acidity and add a dose of needed tannic structure.’
      • ‘This is the heart of the methode champenois process as the second fermentation and aging must take place in the bottle in which the wine is sold.’
      • ‘Precipitation treatment is carried out on alloys which do not achieve full properties by natural ageing.’
      • ‘At its best, the wine would often need a bit of aging to tame its fierceness, would have an elegant structure, and oak would never be a dominant feature.’
      • ‘Another method occurs in the winemaking process employing aging in new French oak barrels.’
      • ‘All of these combine to make easy-drinking, consumer-friendly wines that don't require long aging.’
      • ‘In the tropics, just a few years of aging in an oak cask can create a depth of taste that takes twice as long to create for liquors, such as cognac, in Europe's colder climates.’
      • ‘This extra ageing in oak barrels does not benefit all cognacs, and some will take on an unattractively dry, planky taste.’
      • ‘OAK The wood primarily used for aging of white and red wines, imparting a flavor to the wine when the barrel is new.’
      • ‘Only a handful of producers take Chenin seriously enough to try to make wines worth ageing from it.’
      • ‘Guyana is famous for rich, heavy rums while Haiti follows the French tradition of double distilling and extended aging in oak barrels for rich, full styles.’
      • ‘Good easy-drinking summer style, which could benefit from further bottle aging of 1-2 years.’
      • ‘This temperature is fine for wines that will be drunk in the near future, but it will not allow for proper aging in wines looking for longer cellaring periods.’
      • ‘Fino is always dry, and after long aging, it might be bottled as an Amontillado.’
      • ‘Rioja wines are associated with a lush, velvety appeal and the sweet scent of vanilla, largely the result of long ageing in American oak barrels.’
      • ‘The aging in large Slovenian oak barrels remains the same and they are still not fining or filtering their wines.’
      • ‘The actual aging of Holandas in oak casks is what makes brandy into the drink we enjoy today.’


  • 1(of a person) growing old; elderly.

    ‘an aging population’
    ‘looking after aging relatives’
    • ‘This contributes to improve the health of ageing people, although it also increases the risk of adverse events related to drug treatment.’
    • ‘The aging man's grey eyes were no longer dull, but full of sadness, now shining with tears.’
    • ‘The defence force will also be receiving fresh blood as it battles with an ageing soldier population.’
    • ‘This way the government will still receive money for the NHS but wouldn't have to look after ageing people with all their health problems!’
    • ‘I know plenty of people who have strong family relationships that involve their adult children, ageing parents, siblings etc.’
    • ‘The imminent campaign to attract staff from outside Scotland is prompted by concerns about the ageing teacher population and new commitments on class sizes.’
    • ‘In Western societies, filial piety is often understood to be solely the practice of caring for aging parents and older relatives.’
    • ‘The plum role belongs to Robert Duvall as the aging hero whose past is as uncertain as his future.’
    • ‘With only 20 million aging people, there was no profitable future in job boards in the recruitment advertising market in Australia.’
    • ‘It was like the health problems of an aging person.’
    • ‘There is a shortage of doctors in certain rural and metropolitan areas and an ageing doctor population.’
    • ‘Instead, the aging widow Bernarda Alba personifies self-hatred and the ability of women to enforce the rules of men upon themselves.’
    • ‘The teenager and his ageing parents grow a small amount of rice but depend almost entirely on two buffaloes to maintain their precarious existence.’
    • ‘Although many people see frailty as an inevitable consequence of ageing Jerry told Ric that many injuries suffered by the elderly are preventable.’
    • ‘Many of us lack the leisure or propensity for deep, inquiring relationships with our aging parents.’
    • ‘From elevators to automatic doors, these products help ease the lifestyle of aging families and persons with physical needs.’
    • ‘Ford Motor Co. has developed what it calls the Third Age Suit, an outfit its designers don to simulate movements of an aging person.’
    • ‘Men do not often grow gracefully older with their aging partners, but lust after what they used to have - which you were still having.’
    • ‘This age group (rather than those aged 65 or older) was studied to examine a larger number of aging people.’
    • ‘Despite the differences between the aging president and the young church historian, Barnes grew to admire the old man.’
    • ‘This is not just the obvious ageing person's whinge because my kids can sort out computer or digital camera problems that baffle me.’
    • ‘Yet, they may find themselves caring for biological children, stepchildren, relatives, aging parents and a new spouse.’
    • ‘I understand I think fairly deeply the losses that aging people experience as they get older, the loss of physical movement.’
    aged, old, mature, older, senior, ancient, venerable
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    1. 1.1 (of a thing) reaching the end of useful life; obsolescent.
      ‘the world's aging fleet of oil tankers’
      • ‘With reference to the May issue prize letter from Audrey McBain about the use of words like elderly and ageing instead of ‘old’.’
      • ‘This move should also help its subsidiary, Alliance Air, now burdened and handicapped by an aging fleet that has almost outlived its life span.’
      • ‘The Fokker - 50 was 11-years-old far newer than most passenger planes in Iran's ageing fleet’
      • ‘It was five long, painful minutes before he reached the safety of the worn ageing carpet of the living room.’
      • ‘It was when he was in his early twenties and he was running his father's shipping company that an ageing oil tanker exploded and five people died.’
      • ‘But these aging aircraft are reaching the end of their lifespans.’
      • ‘Northwest Airlines is also within days of buying 787s to update its aging fleet.’
      • ‘China Airlines, majority owned by a government-run foundation, has been mulling purchasing planes from Airbus as it modernizes its fleet of aging aircraft.’
      • ‘Turning now to a multibillion dollar battle over the modernization of the U.S. military, the Air Force says it needs to replace its aging fleet of refueling tankers.’
      • ‘Instead of saying that the country is readying its most seasoned diplomats and lawyers to rebuff the claims, it highlighted the deployment of its aging fleet to protect an empty sea.’
      • ‘Facts about the federal government's decision Friday to replace its aging fleet of Sea King military helicopters.’
      • ‘The governor contended his only interest in importing the buses was to replace the capital's fleet of aging buses at a reasonable price.’
      • ‘Military and police have complained they are underfunded and had to resort to cannibalizing parts from other aircraft to keep their aging fleets in the air.’
      • ‘Last year the Yorkshire Post revealed that the service's fleet of aging ambulances was so poor that many crews were referring emergencies to other stations as no ambulance was available’
      • ‘China's submarine fleet includes 66 boats, most of them ageing diesel-electric vessels, McGinty said.’
      • ‘It spends $1 billion per year on maintaining its aging fleet of trucks, but spends just $40 million buying new ones.’
      • ‘However, maintenance of the aging fleet has been budgeted for the coming year, and this should be sufficient to forestall any further criticism.’
      • ‘Boeing's archrival, Airbus, could be in the running if the Air Force has to come up with a new plan to update its aging fleet of tankers.’
      • ‘The biggest rise has been in leaks from agricultural premises, raising fears that farmers are failing to maintain ageing oil tanks because of severely declining incomes.’
      • ‘Finally, I reached an old apartment building coated with aging brick.’