wage-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: regular compensation in exchange for labor

Commentary: WAGE[+amount][+payment][+compensation][+regular]

The foreman pays the construction workers their wages on Friday afternoon.
The government ordered a wage freeze for three months.
Mary listed her wages, tips and interest earned on her tax return.
The pilots union received a wage concession of 5 percent from the airline.
The students marched in support of a living wage for the custodial staff at their university.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the share of the total GNP that is earned income

Commentary: WAGES[+proportion][+GNP][+income][+earned]
NOTE: always in the plural

Wages and unearned income both increased this quarter according to economists.
Reports for wages and orders for durable goods will come out next week.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b

Sense Number 3: the reward or consequence for something

Commentary: WAGE[+state][+consequence][+reward]
NOTE: a metaphoric extension of sense 1

The wages of sin is death.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2