center stage


Definition of center stage

1 : the central part of a theatrical stage
2 : a central or highly prominent position an issue that has taken center stage in the campaign

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center stage adjective or adverb

Examples of center stage in a Sentence

The actor stood alone at center stage. As we wrap up work on the old project, a new one moves to center stage. The issue is expected to take center stage in the elections.
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But that’s not an issue with triple negative breast cancer, so other factors take center stage. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "How Is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Different from Other Diagnoses?," 31 May 2019 Even if your film isn’t competing for the Palme d’Or, the festival offers countless opportunities to shine, thanks to 11 days worth of screenings, premieres, and photo calls where fashion takes center stage. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Direct from the Cannes Film Festival," 16 May 2019 For a stunning dining space, set the scene with classic white serving ware like the Vera Wang Wedgwood Vera Perfect White collection, and let your culinary concoctions take center stage. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 2019 Taking center stage in the disagreement are the lucrative fees that agents receive from striking side deals with Hollywood studios. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Hollywood Action: Writers to Fire Agents Over Fee Deadlock," 13 Apr. 2019 Since then, Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has taken center stage in the nation's tumultuous political life. Fox News, "Stormy Daniels returns to Long Island strip club for appearance," 2 Oct. 2018 The school’s ties to Charles Koch, the prominent backer of conservative political causes and major donor to universities, have occupied center stage in the debate over philanthropy. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "George Mason University Foundation is not subject to public records laws, judge rules," 6 July 2018 And, the airport commercialization issue has taken center stage in Paulding elections this year. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "FAA brings Paulding airport commercialization to a halt," 28 June 2018 The sport-utility vehicle again took center stage at the New York International Auto Show this month with car companies showing off new models of all shapes, sizes and price points. Mike Colias, WSJ, "SUVs Shine at New York Auto Show," 20 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of center stage

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of center stage was in 1875

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English Language Learners Definition of center stage

: the middle section of a theater's stage
: a main or very important position

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