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gage1

Syllabification: gage
Pronunciation: /ɡāj
 
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archaic

noun

1A valued object deposited as a guarantee of good faith.
Example sentences
  • The same process, involving distraints and blockade, may be used not only in pleas begun by writ, but also in pleas begun by gage and pledge.
1.1A pledge, especially a glove, thrown down as a symbol of a challenge to fight.

verb

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Offer (a thing or one’s life) as a guarantee of good faith.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French gage (noun), gager (verb), of Germanic origin; related to wage and wed.

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  • engage from (Late Middle English):

    Gage is an old word that means ‘a valued object deposited as a guarantee of good faith’ and, as a verb, ‘to give as a pledge’. An Old French word related to wage (Middle English) and wedding ( see marry), it is the root of engage. Engage originally meant ‘give as a pledge’ and ‘pawn or mortgage’, later coming to express the ideas ‘to pledge or guarantee’ and ‘to enter into a contract’. People have been getting engaged to be married since the beginning of the 18th century: the first recorded example is by Henry Fielding ( 1707–54), author of Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones.

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gage2

Syllabification: gage
Pronunciation: /ɡāj
 
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noun& verb

Variant spelling of gauge.

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gage3

Syllabification: gage
Pronunciation: /ɡāj
 
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noun

Another term for greengage.

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