Wage (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Waged (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Waging (?).] [OE. wagen, OF. wagier, gagier, to
pledge, promise, F. gager to wager, lay, bet, fr. LL. wadium
a pledge; of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. wadi a pledge,
gawadjōn to pledge, akin to E. wed, G. wette a
wager. See Wed, and cf. Gage.]
1. To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest;
to stake; to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar.
My life I never but as a pawn Shak.
To wage against thy enemies.
2. To expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as
a danger; to venture; to hazard. "Too weak to wage an instant
trial with the king." Shak.
To wake and wage a danger profitless.
3. To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous
gage or pledge; to carry on, as a war.
[He pondered] which of all his sons was fit
To reign and wage immortal war with wit.
The two are waging war, and the one triumphs by the
destruction of the other. I. Taylor.
4. To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to
hire out. [Obs.] "Thou . . . must wage thy works for
5. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay
wages to. [Obs.]
Abundance of treasure which he had in store, wherewith he
might wage soldiers. Holinshed.
I would have them waged for their labor.
6. (O. Eng. Law) To give security for the
performance of. Burrill.
To wage battle (O. Eng. Law), to give gage,
or security, for joining in the duellum, or combat. See Wager of
battel, under Wager, n. Burrill. -
- To wage one's law (Law), to give security to
make one's law. See Wager of law, under Wager,
Wage, v. i. To bind one's self; to
Wage, n. [OF. wage, gage,
guarantee, engagement. See Wage, v. t. ]
1. That which is staked or ventured; that for which
one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage. [Obs.] "That warlike
2. That for which one labors; meed; reward;
stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; -- at
present generally used in the plural. See Wages. "My day's
wage." Sir W. Scott. "At least I earned my wage."
Thackeray. "Pay them a wage in advance." J. Morley.
"The wages of virtue." Tennyson.
By Tom Thumb, a fairy page, Drayton.
He sent it, and doth him engage,
By promise of a mighty wage,
It secretly to carry.
Our praises are our wages.
Existing legislation on the subject of
wages. Encyc. Brit.
☞ Wage is used adjectively and as the first part of
compounds which are usually self-explaining; as, wage worker, or
wage-worker; wage-earner, etc.
Board wages. See under 1st Board.
Syn. -- Hire; reward; stipend; salary; allowance; pay;
compensation; remuneration; fruit.