Definition of wage in English:

wage

noun

usually wages
  • 1A fixed regular payment, typically paid on a daily or weekly basis, made by an employer to an employee, especially to a manual or unskilled worker.

    ‘we were struggling to get better wages’
    Compare with salary
    • ‘The tight labor market meant that workers in all wage groups earned more money.’
    • ‘Workers pay taxes on cash wages but not on fringe benefits like health insurance.’
    • ‘They were weary of working twelve hour days, seven days a week for subsistence wages.’
    • ‘The intention is to force up unemployment, drive down wages and reduce taxation.’
    • ‘This is already the case for ministers of state, who employ their drivers on a fixed wage.’
    • ‘Therefore, there is a working class that is turning into daily wage labor.’
    • ‘But United pay his weekly wages so Keane is careful not to tread on the precious egos of anybody still at the club.’
    • ‘My entitlement is based on my earnings two years ago when I was earning a good wage.’
    • ‘That means a writer not only has to write, but crucially, have accepted, three plays a year just to earn the national average wage.’
    • ‘Rises earlier this year in tax and national insurance mean that average take-home wages are falling.’
    • ‘A multinational behind glamorous fashion and perfume brands pays its factory workers starvation wages.’
    • ‘An average worker on a full-time wage is taxed less than in Australia, as a proportion of wages.’
    • ‘Careful tracking of the production of each worker was kept and served as the basis for wage payment.’
    • ‘Many of us earn an average wage and as things stand now would not be able to afford private health care.’
    • ‘In just 5 years the wages and salaries earned by New Zealanders have increased by 32 percent.’
    • ‘Many can't afford to take this time off, because they receive no wage or social welfare payment while they do so.’
    • ‘In retirement, most people would love to earn the average wage per annum.’
    • ‘Of course, those poor people who were lucky enough to have jobs at the minimum wage would now be earning lower wages.’
    • ‘My wife and I are in our late 20s and are earning below national average wages.’
    • ‘I'm thinking it'll cost half my daily wages in cab fare, but it might just be worth it.’
    pay, payment, remuneration, salary, emolument, stipend, fee, allowance, honorarium
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    1. 1.1wagesEconomics The part of total production that is the return to labor as earned income as distinct from the remuneration received by capital as unearned income.
      • ‘The only major item that is controlled in the Celtic tiger economy is wages.’
      • ‘The wages share of national income down (and the profits took up most of the slack).’
      • ‘Its flip side is the nation's income: wages and salaries, profits, interest and rent.’
    2. 1.2 The result or effect of doing something considered wrong or unwise.
      ‘the wages of sin is death’
      • ‘Call it the greenhouse effect or the wages of tampering too much with the environment.’
      • ‘It is because sin is universal, and death is the consequence or wages of sin.’
      • ‘In place of moral vertigo what we get, especially in West's fine performance, is a mortified awareness of the wages of sin.’
      • ‘Extensive lung damage resulting from inhalation of the deadly vapours were the wages of his diligence.’
      reward, recompense, requital, retribution
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Carry on (a war or campaign)

    ‘it is necessary to destroy their capacity to wage war’
    • ‘For first world countries at least, contemporary warfare is waged primarily from the skies.’
    • ‘He is waging a war on inequality - and that is a very different agenda.’
    • ‘A single mother is waging a six-month battle with a housing developer which is building on land next to her home.’
    • ‘We believe, however, that waging a war will only make the likelihood of retaliation greater.’
    • ‘Are we waging war on poverty, inequality, the victimisation of women and children?’
    • ‘The released detainees and their parents expressed their appreciation to the SEP for the campaign waged on their behalf.’
    • ‘The last council became bigoted against cars and squandered vast amounts of council tax payer's money waging war on them.’
    • ‘The insurgents are waging an armed struggle to replace the monarchy with a communist people's republic.’
    • ‘I have no objection to the US waging a war, provided this country is not involved.’
    • ‘Hughey was left with the prospect of fighting for an army waging a war that he believed was illegal, or running.’
    • ‘The real question is whether it can successfully wage a war of public opinion during and after the military conflict.’
    • ‘Their aim: to strike at the heart of an enemy waging war throughout the world.’
    • ‘Why is the Executive not waging war on underachievement among the underprivileged in our schools?’
    • ‘The Bush administration has waged a relentless lobbying effort in the past month.’
    • ‘Their demand for more autonomy is undermined by the brutal campaign that they wage against innocent civilians throughout Russia.’
    • ‘John F. Kerry criticized Bush for failing to conduct adequate diplomacy before waging war on Iraq.’
    • ‘Most obviously, the battle for "hearts and minds" is largely waged with media imagery.’
    • ‘The attacks demonstrate that the guerrilla war is still being waged fiercely.’
    • ‘Campaigners have accused the company wanting to develop the site of waging a dirty tricks campaign.’
    • ‘Teenage hooligans have been waging a campaign against contractors on a Waterside building site.’
    engage in, carry on, conduct, execute, pursue, undertake, prosecute, practise, proceed with, devote oneself to, go on with
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Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French, of Germanic origin; related to gage and wed.

Pronunciation

wage

/wāj//weɪdʒ/