If your job pays a good wage, it means that you earn a lot of money for the hard work you do. If you're not happy with your wage, you might have to wage war on your boss.

Wage is one of those words whose verb and noun forms have entirely different meanings. A worker's wage is how much money she makes. But when you wage something, you carry it out: for example, a warmonger is someone whose primary goal is to wage wars. The word is of Germanic origin, and it's related to both gage and wed, with their underlying meanings of "to pledge."

Definitions of wage
  1. noun
    something that remunerates
    synonyms: earnings, pay, remuneration, salary
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    combat pay
    extra pay for soldiers engaged in active combat
    double time
    a doubled wage (for working overtime)
    food and lodging provided in addition to money
    reduced wage paid to someone who is not working full time
    living wage
    a wage sufficient for a worker and family to subsist comfortably
    merit pay
    extra pay awarded to an employee on the basis of merit (especially to school teachers)
    minimum wage
    the lowest wage that an employer is allowed to pay; determined by contract or by law
    pay envelope, pay packet
    wages enclosed in an envelope for distribution to the wage earner
    sick pay
    wages paid to an employee who is on sick leave
    strike pay
    money paid to strikers from union funds
    take-home pay
    what is left of your pay after deductions for taxes and dues and insurance etc
    type of:
    regular payment
    a payment made at regular times
  2. verb
    carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
    “Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe”
    synonyms: engage
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    offer, provide, put up
    mount or put up
    type of:
    contend, fight, struggle
    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
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