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WAGE, v.t.

1. To lay; to bet; to throw down as a pledge; to stake; to put at hazard on the event of a contest. Thisis the common popular sense of the word in New England; as, to wage a dollar; to wage a horse.

2. To venture; to hazard.

To wake and wage a danger profitless.

3. To make; to begin; to carry on; that is, to go forward or advance to attack, as in invasion or aggression; used in the phrase, to wage war. he waged war with all his enemies.

He ponderd which of all his sons was fit

To reign, and wage immortal war with wit.

4. To set to hire.

Thou must wage Thy works for wealth. [Not in use.]

5. To take to hire; to hire for pay; to employ for wages; as eaged soldiers. He was well waged and rewarded.

To wage oness law, to give security to make ones law. The defendent is then to swear that he owes nothing to the plaintiff, and eleven neighbors, called compurgators, are to avow upon their oaths, that they believe in their consciences he has declared the truth. This is called wager of law.



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WAGE, v.t.

1. To lay; to bet; to throw down as a pledge; to stake; to put at hazard on the event of a contest. Thisis the common popular sense of the word in New England; as, to wage a dollar; to wage a horse.

2. To venture; to hazard.

To wake and wage a danger profitless.

3. To make; to begin; to carry on; that is, to go forward or advance to attack, as in invasion or aggression; used in the phrase, to wage war. he waged war with all his enemies.

He ponderd which of all his sons was fit

To reign, and wage immortal war with wit.

4. To set to hire.

Thou must wage Thy works for wealth. [Not in use.]

5. To take to hire; to hire for pay; to employ for wages; as eaged soldiers. He was well waged and rewarded.

To wage oness law, to give security to make ones law. The defendent is then to swear that he owes nothing to the plaintiff, and eleven neighbors, called compurgators, are to avow upon their oaths, that they believe in their consciences he has declared the truth. This is called wager of law.

WAGE, v.t. [G. wagen; D. waagen; Sw. våga, to venture, to dare, to wage; Fr. gager, for guager, to lay or bet; from the root of wag. The sense is to throw, to lay or throw down, as a glove or gauntlet.]

  1. To lay; to bet; to throw down, as a pledge; to stake; to put at hazard on the event of a contest. This is the common popular sense of the word in New England; as, to wage a dollar; to wage a horse.
  2. To venture; to hazard. To wake and wage a danger profitless. – Shak.
  3. To make; to begin; to carry on; that is, to go forward or advance to attack, as in invasion or aggression; used in the phrase, to wage war. He waged war with all his enemies. He ponder'd, which of all his sons was fit / To reign, and wage immortal war with wit. – Dryden.
  4. To set to hire. Thou must wage / Thy works for wealth. [Not in use.] – Spenser.
  5. To take to hire; to hire for pay; to employ for wages; as, waged soldiers. He was well waged and rewarded. [Fr. Obs.] – Ralegh. To wage one's law, to give security to make one's law. The defendant is then to swear that he owes nothing to the plaintif, and eleven neighbors, called compurgators, are to avow upon their oaths, that they believe in their consciences that he has declared the truth. This is called wager of law. – Blackstone.

Wage
  1. To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake; to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar.

    Hakluyt.

    My life I never but as a pawn
    To wage against thy enemies.
    Shak.

  2. To bind one's self; to engage.

    [Obs.]
  3. That which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage.

    [Obs.] "That warlike wage." Spenser.
  4. 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. Shak.

  5. 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,
    He sent it, and doth him engage,
    By promise of a mighty wage,
    It secretly to carry.
    Drayton.

    Our praises are our wages. Shak.

    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.

  6. 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.
    Dryden.

    The two are waging war, and the one triumphs by the destruction of the other. I. Taylor.

  7. To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.

    [Obs.] "Thou . . . must wage thy works for wealth." Spenser.
  8. 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. Latimer.

  9. 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, n.

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Wage

WAGE, verb transitive

1. To lay; to bet; to throw down as a pledge; to stake; to put at hazard on the event of a contest. Thisis the common popular sense of the word in New England; as, to wage a dollar; to wage a horse.

2. To venture; to hazard.

To wake and wage a danger profitless.

3. To make; to begin; to carry on; that is, to go forward or advance to attack, as in invasion or aggression; used in the phrase, to wage war. he waged war with all his enemies.

He ponderd which of all his sons was fit

To reign, and wage immortal war with wit.

4. To set to hire.

Thou must wage Thy works for wealth. [Not in use.]

5. To take to hire; to hire for pay; to employ for wages; as eaged soldiers. He was well waged and rewarded.

To wage oness law, to give security to make ones law. The defendent is then to swear that he owes nothing to the plaintiff, and eleven neighbors, called compurgators, are to avow upon their oaths, that they believe in their consciences he has declared the truth. This is called wager of law.

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