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{adj: adequate, decent, enough} enough to meet a purpose
"an adequate income"
"the food was adequate"
"a decent wage"
"enough food"
"food enough"



{adj: arbitrable} appropriate for or subject to settlement by arbitration
"an arbitrable wage and health benefits policy"
"an arbitrable dispute"
<-> nonarbitrable

{adj: competitive, militant} showing a fighting disposition
"highly competitive sales representative"
"militant in fighting for better wages for workers"
"his self-assertive and ubiquitous energy"

{adj: daily} measured by the day or happening every day
"a daily newspaper"
"daily chores"
"average daily wage"
"daily quota"

{adj: employed} having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary
"most of our graduates are employed"
<-> unemployed

{adj: honest, honorable} not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
"honest lawyers"
"honest reporting"
"an honest wage"
"honest weight"
<-> dishonest

{adj: measly, miserable, paltry} contemptibly small in amount
"a measly tip"
"the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"
"a paltry wage"
"almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"

{adj: minimal, minimum} the least possible
"needed to enforce minimal standards"
"her grades were minimal"
"minimum wage"
"a minimal charge for the service"
<-> maximal, maximum

{adj: mismatched, uneven} (of a contest or contestants) not fairly matched as opponents
"vaudeville...waged an uneven battle against the church"

{adj: propertyless, wage-earning, working-class, blue-collar} of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers
"party of the propertyless proletariat"- G.B.Shaw

{adj: raised, inflated} increased especially to abnormal levels
"the raised prices frightened away customers"
"inflated wages"
"an inflated economy"

{adj: raising} increasing in quantity or value
"a cost-raising increase in the basic wage rate"

{adj: real} being value measured in terms of purchasing power
"real prices"
"real income"
"real wages"
<-> nominal

{adj: slender, slim} small in quantity
"slender wages"
"a slim chance of winning"
"a small surplus"

{adj: take-home} (of salary or wages) remaining after all deductions including taxes

{adj: unpaid} not paid
"unpaid wages"
"an unpaid bill"
<-> paid

{adj: wage-earning, working-class} working for hourly wages rather than fixed (e.g. annual) salaries
"working-class occupations include manual as well as industrial labor"

{adj: weekly} occurring or payable every week
"a weekly trip to town"
"weekly wages"
"weekly rent"

{adv: highly} at a high rate or wage
"highly paid workers"

{adv: pitifully} to a pitiful degree
"wages were pitifully low, particularly the wages of women"

{adv: ruinously} in a ruinous manner or to a ruinous degree
"ruinously high wages"

{n: Department of Labor, Labor Department, Labor, DoL} the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913

{n: Ferdinand II} Holy Roman Emperor and king of Bohemia and Hungary who waged war against Protestant forces (1578-1637)

{n: Gog and Magog} biblical names of the enemies of God's people who wage war against God at the end of the world
"in the Book of Ezekiel Gog is a ruler from the land of Magog but in the Book of Revelation Gog and Magog are nations under the rule of Satan"

{n: Gustavus, Gustavus III} king of Sweden who increased the royal power and waged an unpopular war against Russia (1746-1792)

{n: Hussein, Husain, Husayn, Saddam Hussein, Saddam, Saddam bin Hussein at-Takriti} Iraqi leader who waged war against Iran; his invasion of Kuwait led to the Gulf War (born in 1937)

{n: Laskar Jihad, Holy War Warriors} a paramilitary terrorist organization of militant Muslims in Indonesia; wages a jihad against Christians in Indonesia; subscribes to the Wahhabi creed of Islam

{n: War of the Grand Alliance, War of the League of Augsburg} an aggressive war waged by Louis XIV against Spain and the Empire and England and Holland and other states (1689-1697)

{n: bond servant} someone bound to labor without wages

{n: bonded labor} an illegal practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt

{n: bondman, bondsman} a male bound to serve without wages

{n: bondwoman, bondswoman, bondmaid} a female bound to serve without wages

{n: chitchat, small talk, gab, gabfest, gossip, tittle-tattle, chin-wag, chin-wagging, causerie} light informal conversation for social occasions

{n: control} the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.
"they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"

{n: copartnership} a partnership in which employees get a share of the profits in addition to their wages

{n: day laborer, day labourer} a laborer who works by the day; for daily wages

{n: double time} a doubled wage (for working overtime)

{n: earner, wage earner} someone who earn wages in return for their labor

{n: emolument} compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees)
"a clause in the U.S. constitution prevents sitting legislators from receiving emoluments from their own votes"

{n: escalation} an increase to counteract a perceived discrepancy
"higher wages caused an escalation of prices"
"there was a gradual escalation of hostilities"

{n: escalator clause, escalator} a clause in a contract that provides for an increase or a decrease in wages or prices or benefits etc. depending on certain conditions (as a change in the cost of living index)

{n: floor, base} a lower limit
"the government established a wage floor"

{n: freeze} fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level
"a freeze on hiring"

{n: full employment} the economic condition when everyone who wishes to work at the going wage rate for their type of labor is employed

{n: garnishee} a wage earner who is served with a garnishment

{n: garnishment} a court order to an employer to withhold all or part of an employee's wages and to send the money to the court or to the person who won a lawsuit against the employee

{n: half-pay} reduced wage paid to someone who is not working full time

{n: indexation} a system of economic regulation: wages and interest are tied to the cost-of-living index in order to reduce the effects of inflation

{n: jihad, jehad, international jihad} a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels

{n: labor contract, labor agreement, collective agreement} contract between labor and management government wages and benefits and working conditions

{n: labor, labour, toil} productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
"his labor did not require a great deal of skill"

{n: labor, labour, working class, proletariat} a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
"there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"

{n: living wage} a wage sufficient for a worker and family to subsist comfortably

{n: minimum wage} the lowest wage that an employer is allowed to pay; determined by contract or by law

{n: national income} the total value of all income in a nation (wages and profits and interest and rents and pension payments) during a given period (usually 1 yr)

{n: pay envelope, pay packet} wages enclosed in an envelope for distribution to the wage earner

{n: paycheck, payroll check} a check issued in payment of wages or salary

{n: paymaster} a person in charge of paying wages

{n: payroll, payroll department} the department that determines the amounts of wage or salary due to each employee

{n: payroll, paysheet} the total amount of money paid in wages
"the company had a large payroll"

{n: raise, rise, wage hike, hike, wage increase, salary increase} the amount a salary is increased
"he got a 3% raise"
"he got a wage hike"

{n: security, protection} defense against financial failure; financial independence
"his pension gave him security in his old age"
"insurance provided protection against loss of wages due to illness"

{n: sick pay} wages paid to an employee who is on sick leave

{n: sliding scale} a wage scale that fluctuates in response to the cost-of-living index

{n: stabilization, stabilisation} the act of stabilizing something or making it more stable
"he worked for price stabilization for farm products"
"wage stabilization is necessary for industrial peace"
"stabilization means that the product can be handled under atmospheric conditions"
<-> destabilisation, destabilization

{n: wag, waggle, shake} causing to move repeatedly from side to side

{n: wag, wit, card} a witty amusing person who makes jokes

{n: wage claim, pay claim} the wage demanded from management for workers by their union representatives

{n: wage concession} an agreement to raise wages

{n: wage floor} floor below which wages are not allowed to fall

{n: wage freeze} freeze of wages at a given level

{n: wage scale, wage schedule} a schedule of wages paid for different jobs

{n: wage setter} any financial condition or variable that serves to set wage rates

{n: wage, pay, earnings, remuneration, salary} something that remunerates
"wages were paid by check"
"he wasted his pay on drink"
"they saved a quarter of all their earnings"

{n: wages, reward, payoff} a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
"the wages of sin is death"
"virtue is its own reward"

{n: war, warfare} the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
"thousands of people were killed in the war"

{n: warship, war vessel, combat ship} a government ship that is available for waging war

{n: withholding tax, withholding} income tax withheld from employees' wages and paid directly to the government by the employer

{n: workday, working day} the amount of time that a worker must work for an agreed daily wage
"they work an 8-hour day"

{n: works council} (chiefly Brit) a council representing employer and employees of a plant or business to discuss working conditions etc; also: a committee representing the workers elected to negotiate with management about grievances and wages etc

{v: dish the dirt, gossip} wag one's tongue ; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
"She won't dish the dirt"

{v: dock} deduct from someone's wages

{v: engage, wage} as of wars, battles, or campaigns
"Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"

{v: exist, survive, live, subsist} support oneself
"he could barely exist on such a low wage"
"Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"
"Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"

{v: gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring in} earn on some commercial or business transaction ; earn as salary or wages
"How much do you make a month in your new job?"
"She earns a lot in her new job"
"this merger brought in lots of money"
"He clears $5,000 each month"

{v: garnishee, garnish} take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
"His employer garnished his wages in order to pay his debt"

{v: indemnify} secure against future loss, damage, or liability ; give security for
"This plan indemnifies workers against wages lost through illness"

{v: index} adjust through indexation
"The government indexes wages and prices"

{v: strike, walk out} stop work in order to press demands
"The auto workers are striking for higher wages"
"The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met"

{v: take home, bring home} earn as a salary or wage
"How much does your wife take home after taxes and other deductions?"

{v: wag, waggle} move from side to side
"The happy dog wagged his tail"

{v: war} make or wage war
<-> make peace


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