aging

Aging means growing older. You could say that your glamorous grandparents make aging look easy.

The process of getting older, especially as people reach middle age and beyond, is called aging, and it's also an adjective that describes someone or something going through this process. Your aging French teacher might find it harder and harder to read her own writing on the chalkboard, and an aging motorcycle probably needs to be repaired more often. The verb age, or "grow older," is at the heart of aging, and its Latin root is aevum, "lifetime."

Definitions of aging
  1. noun
    the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing age
    synonyms: ageing, senescence
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    types:
    catabiosis
    normal aging of cells
    type of:
    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
  2. noun
    acquiring desirable qualities by being left undisturbed for some time
    synonyms: ageing, ripening
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    types:
    mellowing
    the process of becoming mellow
    type of:
    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
  3. adjective
    growing old
    synonyms: ageing, senescent
    old
    (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
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