Definition of wage in English:
- That means a writer not only has to write, but crucially, have accepted, three plays a year just to earn the national average wage.
- They were weary of working twelve hour days, seven days a week for subsistence wages.
- This is already the case for ministers of state, who employ their drivers on a fixed wage.
- 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.
- It is because sin is universal, and death is the consequence or wages of sin.
- Call it the greenhouse effect or the wages of tampering too much with the environment.
- Extensive lung damage resulting from inhalation of the deadly vapours were the wages of his diligence.
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- John F. Kerry criticized Bush for failing to conduct adequate diplomacy before waging war on Iraq.
- Why is the Executive not waging war on underachievement among the underprivileged in our schools?
- The last council became bigoted against cars and squandered vast amounts of council tax payer's money waging war on them.
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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