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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By any standards, Robbie bears a striking, real-life likeness to the original 1950s doll—blue eyes, blonde hair, chiseled features, and a jaw-dropping figure that took center stage in her breakout role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Will Margot Robbie's Starring Role as Barbie Reinforce Old Stereotypes—or Defy Them?," 9 Jan. 2019 When not in use, the views of Philadelphia take center stage. Stacey Altherr, WSJ, "A Dining Room With a Globalist Sensibility," 19 Nov. 2018 The company’s plans for China, Google+ data breaches, and whether tech giants need to be more closely regulated all might have taken center stage. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Republicans pushed Pichai about bias allegations, leaving China and other issues behind," 11 Dec. 2018 The legal battle may stretch into 2020, thrusting the ACA to center stage for Congress next year as well as in the emerging presidential campaign. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "States Ask for Clarity on Judge’s Ruling on Affordable Care Act," 17 Dec. 2018 This is showstopping energy, Aquarius, and you’re being asked to claim the center stage in your love affairs. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes October 2018," 3 Oct. 2018 Kate Beckinsale takes center stage British actress Kate Beckinsale hosted a tea party after dark event at NOMO Kitchen in New York City. Fox News, "FOX411's snap of the day," 16 Sep. 2018 The competition is taking place on July 22nd at the PG&E center stage. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "5 Cal State Fair musical acts you don’t want to miss this year," 13 July 2018 The world’s best tennis players typically own center stage during these two weeks of Wimbledon. Sam Farmer,, "England riding high on World Cup success as Wimbledon also creates a racket," 11 July 2018

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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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