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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The switch to waged work of previously independent producers also increased union membership.
▪ The relationship of women within the family and to waged work throughout the twentieth century has not been so clear cut.
▪ But then the disenfranchised men waged war and the ensuing chaos is with us still.
▪ Departments waged paper war on each other; if nothing else it provided employment.
▪ Many others made up the array of artisan manufacturers, either as independent masters or, increasingly, as waged journeymen.
▪ She had to watch and attend while her parents waged war.
▪ The question then arises, how did these activists develop such a consciousness as waged workers and trade unionists?
▪ The switch to waged work of previously independent producers also increased union membership.
▪ There is no counterpart to the health and safety legislation of waged employment.
▪ Wars are waged, as ever, over real territory and real spheres of influence.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wage \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, gawadj[=o]n 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 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.''

    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 wealth.''

  5. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to.

    Abundance of treasure which he had in store, wherewith he might wage soldiers.

    I would have them waged for their labor.

  6. (O. Eng. Law) To give security for the performance of.

    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.

    To wage one's law (Law), to give security to make one's law. See Wager of law, under Wager, n.


vb. (en-past of: wage)

Usage examples of "waged".

Against this backdrop of mounting pressure and frustration, Wal-Mart waged a site fight in the South-Central Los Angeles community of Inglewood that damaged its image worldwide by revealing the sneer beneath the smiley face it presents to the public.

Here, when wordy discussions on all subjects under the sun were not being waged, Billy played at cut-throat Pedro, horrible fives, bridge, and pinochle.

A sharp barking told where Possum still waged hysterical and baffled war on the Douglass squirrels.

The cold war waged by the United States did not defeat the socialist enemy, and perhaps that was never really its primary goal.

Third, and finally, the worker attack was waged directly against capitalist command.

In that period it seemed as ifonly the labor of waged workers was productive, and therefore all the other segments of labor appeared as merely reproductive or even unproductive.

Siberian forces waged a relentless warfare against the Bolsheviki tyranny either for political reasons or to rescue the countless millions of Russians who suffered so terribly from the Lenine system of dictatorship.

April 12, 1919, it accepted the revolutionary struggle against capitalism and waged that struggle with all the means in its power.

The leaders in control of the executive machinery of the Socialist Party, wishing to retain their lucrative positions, and looking forward to the advantage of political office during the years which might elapse before the time would be ripe for rebellion, were nearly all Right Wingers, and have waged a bitter and unscrupulous fight against the Left Wing organization within the party.

Kovrov, a campaign without parallel since the Trojan war was waged between the vengeful relatives of an abducted nationalized girl and her persecutors.

A proof of this is that in the one war which he has waged in all this long time and the one campaign that he has made he lost great numbers of citizens in the battles, returned in thorough disgrace from Praaspa, and parted with very many additional men in the flight.

It is, in effect, the secret history of how Saddam and his generals waged the war.

These were tactics the Army had planned to use against Warsaw Pact tanks if a shooting war had erupted during the Cold War, and they seemed optimal for the sort of desert war the United States had waged when it evicted Iraqi troops from Kuwait.

American royalism would have been inconceivable without the determination of the general and his closest aides to exonerate the emperor of all war responsibility, even of moral responsibility for allowing the atrocious war to be waged in his name.

He should clear the historical record by apologizing to his subjects who had suffered, died, or been bereaved in a war waged in his name.