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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The two candidates who've been sniping at each other the most in recent weeks, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, will be standing side by side on center stage. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "January Democratic debate: Everything you need to know," 14 Jan. 2020 Yet, across its 10 episodes, the series is confused about which story to prioritize, and in the season finale, none of them takes center stage. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Female Athletes Get New Representation on TV," 14 Jan. 2020 Here's what to watch for this NFL Sunday as teams look to make their conference championships: Before Wilson and Rodgers face off in their duel of the old guns, the NFL's new quarterback stars will take center stage. Adam Renuart, CNN, "Seahawks and Packers renew rivalry in NFL's Divisional Round," 12 Jan. 2020 In The Parasol’s newest iteration, the subtle grimness deftly rendered in del Goya’s brushstrokes takes center stage. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "See Four Spanish Masterpieces Updated to Reflect the Consequences of Climate Change," 10 Dec. 2019 Short of a war or other violent attacks on American installations, foreign policy rarely takes center stage during presidential elections. Ron Kampeas,, "Why Israel isn’t a top consideration for American Jewish voters," 4 Dec. 2019 Following the death of its star giraffe in August, Out of Africa Wildlife Park is fundraising for a new one to take center stage. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Out of Africa Wildlife Park raising funds to bring new giraffe to Camp Verde," 24 Oct. 2019 Though hardly the end of sexism, in art or life, after ages of underrepresentation — in lead roles and as directors, designers and storytellers — more women are taking center stage. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "Women take center stage in Cleveland’s Season of the Divas: Fall theater preview 2019," 29 Sep. 2019 The Worldwide Leader is happy to put Shenault on center stage and watch him run wild. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Laviska Shenault: How the CSU Rams plan to get payback for CU Buffs’ 2018 rout," 30 Aug. 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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Center stage.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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