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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Thursday marked Rousey’s first time taking center stage for the UFC in Las Vegas since Dec. 30, 2016 in a title defeat to Amanda Nunes via knockout in just 48 seconds. Grant Gordon,, "Rousey's UFC Hall of Fame induction is thank you to fans," 6 July 2018 McKinnon is also supposed to arrive center stage for a separation-anxiety meltdown. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Introducing Kate McKinnon, Movie Star," 26 June 2018 With Barcelona clinching the league title last week, the final Clasico of the season has very little bearing on league standings, ensuring the rivalry takes center stage for bragging rights., "Real Madrid Refuses Guard of Honor for Barcelona Prior to El Clasico," 5 May 2018 Clad in black and maroon game jerseys, Eagle football players descended upon the Miami Dolphins training facility, taking center stage for the final day of the NFL Draft. Wells Dusenbury,, "Stoneman Douglas players, Aaron Feis' family announce Dolphins draft picks," 29 Apr. 2018 The pop star's ultra-casual wardrobe lets Baldwin’s fierce, logo-heavy looks take center stage—and putting your girlfriend first is always a good thing. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber Take Couples Style to the Next Level in Versace," 6 July 2018 Its appeal lies wholly in providing an immersive companion to the BET Awards, one of the few shows of its caliber in which black entertainers take center stage. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "Smokin' Grooves, BET Experience offer varying ambitions for R&B, rap fans," 21 June 2018 Development took center stage last month after the second deadly flood in two years struck Ellicott City, a disaster some are blaming on runoff caused by growth, both commercial and residential. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Field is crowded in race for Howard County Council," 12 June 2018 All are main characters in a sense, but Michael Cera’s hesitant, smartass security guard and Brian Tyree Henry’s grounded moral compass took center stage by curtain call. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 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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