1 Often, wages. pay, compensation, emolument, remuneration, payment, fee, salary, stipend, recompense, reward, earnings; honorarium:
The strikers wanted a ten per cent increase in their hourly wage.
2 carry on, pursue, conduct, engage in, undertake, practise, prosecute, proceed with:
History shows that wars are often waged over trifling differences.
decent, fair, good, high | inadequate, low, meagre, small
He busked to supplement his meagre wages.
| annual, hourly, regular, etc. | gross, pre-tax | after-tax, net | money | real
If money wages remain constant and price levels rise, real wages fall.
| basic, standard
a basic wage of £100 a week plus tips
workers fighting for a living wage
| minimum | average
VERB + WAGE
pay | earn
She earns a good wage at the factory.
| live on
How can you live on such a low wage?
| increase, keep up, push up, raise
Full employment pushed up wages.
| cut, force down, hold down, keep down | supplement
WAGE + VERB
increase, rise | decrease, fall
WAGE + NOUN
earner | labour, workers | claim
The union submitted a wage claim for a 9% rise.
| bargaining, negotiations | agreement, settlement | cut, reduction | controls, freeze, restraint
The government promised greater tax cuts in return for continued wage restraints.
| explosion, increase, inflation, rise | bill, costs | structure, system | differentials
wage differentials between large and small firms
He got his first wage packet at fourteen years old.
a cut/fall in wages, growth in wages, an increase/a rise in wages
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