Definition of "wage" []

  • Payment for labor or services to a worker, especially remuneration on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis or by the piece. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • A fitting return; a recompense. Often used in the plural with a singular or plural verb: the wages of sin. (noun)
  • To engage in (a war or campaign, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • Payment in return for work or services, esp that made to workmen on a daily, hourly, weekly, or piece-work basis (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The portion of the national income accruing to labour as earned income, as contrasted with the unearned income accruing to capital in the form of rent, interest, and dividends (noun)
  • Recompense, return, or yield (noun)
  • To engage in (verb)
  • To pledge or wager (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "wage" in a sentence
  • "If the min wage is coercive, then all law is coercive."
  • "Hence, I can't agree that the min wage is coercive."
  • "Instead he takes the sane position: a large pool of cheap, foreign labor pushes down wages for US Citizens (who wants wage competition with a guy who thinks the min wage is a great salary?) and, in a post-9/11 world, how much sense does it make to have 12-20 million unidentified people walking around the country?"