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Wage (noun)

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Wage. n.s. the plural wages is now only used. [wegen, or wagen, German; gages, Fr.]

  1. Pay given for service.

                All friends shall taste
    The wages of their virtue, and all foes
    The cup of their deservings.
    Shakesp. K. Lear.

    The last petition is for my men; they are the poorest,
    But poverty could never draw them from me;
    That they may have their wages duly paid them,
    And something over to remember me.

    By Tom Thumb, a fairy page;
    He sent it, and doth him engage,
    By promise of a mighty wage,
    It secretly to carry.
    Drayton's Nymphid.

    The thing itself is not only our duty, but our glory: and he who hath done this work, has, in the very work, partly received his wages. South.

  2. Gage; pledge. Ainsw.

Sources: Ainsworth, Robert (56) · Drayton, Michael (7) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · South, Robert (158)

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