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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Recent Examples on the Web Though the tension between mother and daughter remains center stage, Miss Juneteenth’s broader subject turns out to be the political economics of surviving as a black woman in Texas. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Miss Juneteenth, a Mother’s Dream Deferred," 19 June 2020 Stories of broken bones from baton strikes, agony from pepper spray and hours and hours in a holding cell while others wailed in pain took center stage. Mark Morales, CNN, "Protesters in New York detail alleged police abuse at demonstrations," 18 June 2020 Instead of delivering her speech from center stage inside the Schottenstein Center on Ohio State University’s campus, Voinovich, the valedictorian of her class, spoke June in her school’s empty auditorium for a film crew. Alissa Widman Neese And Max Londberg, USA TODAY, "Valedictorians worked years to land 2020 graduation speeches - now given to empty rooms, cameras," 13 June 2020 The speakers addressed the graduating class from a center stage and a prerecorded video played of each student receiving their diploma. John Kuntz, cleveland, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School honors their 2020 graduates with parade and outdoor commencement ceremony," 13 June 2020 Women’s lives in 2017 and 2018 take center stage on Just Keep Livin’, with Kirkman riffing on relevant issues like catcalling and male feminists. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Best Female Stand-Up Comedian Specials to Watch Right Now," 11 June 2020 And as the topic of diversity in Hollywood is again at center stage, Iglesias is proud of what the comedy brings to the conversation. Rosy Cordero,, "Class is back in session for Mr. Iglesias in first look trailer," 10 June 2020 Ellie, after being playable for just a couple of riveting sections in the first game, takes center stage this time. Darryn King, Wired, "The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release," 10 June 2020 None of their choices are without consequence; the repercussions of each sister’s decisions are passed down to their own daughters, who vanish in their own ways and whose stories eventually take center stage. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Vanishing Half’ is a compelling novel on race and home," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of center stage

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2020

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“Center stage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 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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