Definition of aging in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈājiNG/
(British ageing)


1The process of growing old: the external signs of aging [as modifier]: the aging process
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  • Scientists seeking to control the biological process of aging may also contemplate doing so through genetic manipulations.
  • Traditionally, scientists believed that aging was a biological process in which cells simply stopped dividing.
  • ‘We only think there's anything wrong with curing ageing because we've grown up with it as something ghastly but inevitable,’ he claims.
1.1The process of change in the properties of a material occurring over a period, either spontaneously or through deliberate action.
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  • Another method occurs in the winemaking process employing aging in new French oak barrels.
  • 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.
  • 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.


1(Of a person) growing old; elderly: looking after aging relatives an aging population
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  • The teenager and his ageing parents grow a small amount of rice but depend almost entirely on two buffaloes to maintain their precarious existence.
  • The imminent campaign to attract staff from outside Scotland is prompted by concerns about the ageing teacher population and new commitments on class sizes.
  • There is a shortage of doctors in certain rural and metropolitan areas and an ageing doctor population.
1.1(Of a thing) reaching the end of useful life; obsolescent: the world’s aging fleet of oil tankers
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  • But these aging aircraft are reaching the end of their lifespans.
  • 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.
  • 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

Words that rhyme with aging

engaging, staging

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Syllabification: ag·ing

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