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Age, the period of time assigned to sth., lifetime, duration in general: “peace proclaims olives of endless a.” Sonn. 107, 8. “the stretching of a span buckles in his sum of a.” As III, 2, 140. “an a. of discord,” H6A V, 5, 63. “we shall hardly in our --s see,” Cor. III, 1, 7. within my a. (== during my lifetime) IV, 6, 51.
2) a generation of men, a particular period of time, as distinguished from others: “this pattern of the worn-out a.” Lucr. 1350. “the golden a.” Lucr. 60. Tp. II, 1, 168. “the old a.” Sonn. 127, 1. Tw. II, 4, 49. “the a. to come,” Sonn. 17, 7. 32, 10. 101, 12. 104, 13. Wiv. I, 3, 92. IV, 4, 37. Ado V, 2, 80. As III. 2, 240. John I, 213. H4B IV, 4, 46. H6A II, 2, 10. II, 5, 6. R3 III, 1, 73. Hml. III, 2, 26 etc. Coming near the sense of century: “one poor retiring minute in an a.” Lucr. 962. “some three --s since,” LLL I, 2, 117. “this long a. of three hours,” Mids. V, 33. “how many --s hence,” Caes. III, 1, 111.
3) the period of life, at which a person is arrived: “strong youth in his middle a.” Sonn. 7, 6. “as with a. his body uglier grows,” Tp. IV, 191. “to clothe mine a. with angel-like perfection,” Gentl. II, 4, 66. “all --s,” Meas. II, 2, 5. Wint. IV, 4, 740. “not be many hours of a. more,” R2 V, 1, 57. “sixteen years of a.” Cymb. IV, 2, 199 etc.
4) a stage of life: “his acts being seven --s,” As II, 7, 143.
5) the period when a person is enabled to do certain acts for himself: “he being of a. to govern,” H6B I, 1, 166. “I am of age to keep mine own,” Tit. IV, 2, 104. to come to a. == to come to one's majority, H4A I, 3, 253. H6B IV, 2, 153. Rom. I, 3, 56.
6) an advanced period of life: nor wrong mine a. (as elder brother) “with this indignity,” Tit. I, 8. “thy prime of manhood daring, thy a. confirm'd, proud, subtle,” R3 IV, 4, 171. Mostly the latter part of life, oldness: Ven. 941. Ven. 941 Lucr. 142. Lucr. 142 Lucr. 142 Sonn. 3, 11. 11, 6. 62, 14. 63, 5. 108, 10. 138, 12. Compl. 14. Compl. 14 Pilgr. 157. Tp. I, 2, 258. Gentl. I, 3, 15. III, 1, 16. III, 1, 16 Meas. III, 1, 32. Meas. III, 1, 32 Err. II, 1, 89. V, 329. Ado II, 3, 248. III, 5, 37. LLL IV, 3, 244. Merch. IV, 1, 271. Wint. IV, 4, 78 “(our --s).” H6A II, 5, 1. H8 IV, 2, 67. Tim. III, 5, 80 etc. “Old a.” Lucr. 1759. H5 IV, 3, 44. V, 2, 248.
Abstr. pro concr.: a., thou hast lost thy labour (== old man), Wint. IV, 4, 787. “let me embrace thine a.” Tp. V, 121.
Used as a masc.: Sonn. 63, 10.
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