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."

Primary Meanings of wage

something that remunerates
carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
Full Definitions of wage

n something that remunerates

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

v carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

“Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe”
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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