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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The area long has been known for its famous sweet onions, but wine grapes have taken center stage over the past 20 years. Washington Post, "Like wine from France’s Rhone Valley? Head to Walla Walla," 10 Sep. 2019 Gun violence in Mobile took center stage during a 1 p.m. City Council public safety committee meeting at Government Plaza on Tuesday. al, "Police: Football stadium shooter started as bystander," 3 Sep. 2019 In one section of the show, visitors can tune in to the sounds of a giant yucca plant growing; in others, stalks of corn and plants absorbing water via their roots take center stage. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Listen to the Sounds of Succulents at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden," 29 Aug. 2019 Stoner, now 26, reunited with Elliott and took center stage at the 2019 VMA's. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Missy Elliott delivers epic MTV VMA performance with a surprise guest," 27 Aug. 2019 The pageantry of flag throwing — an art that dates back hundreds of years in Italy — will take center stage at this year’s 39th annual Italian Family Festa in San Jose. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Italian Family Festa: Renowned renaissance-style flag throwers will perform," 19 Aug. 2019 The football team’s fortunes will begin to unfold in three weeks when Mullen’s Gators take center stage against in-state rival Miami at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Edgar Thompson,, "UF AD Scott Stricklin eager to help Gators football, basketball teams build on success," 3 Aug. 2019 But that Disney+ repeatedly landed at center stage throughout D23 speaks to its creators' high hopes for—and deep pockets regarding—the streaming service. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What D23 Expo’s Newly Revealed Mega-Slate Tells Us About Disney+," 26 Aug. 2019 Wednesday's debate -- with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at center stage -- averaged 10.7 million total viewers via traditional TV, up from 8.7 million for Tuesday's forum. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Second night of CNN's Democratic debate drew 11.3 million viewers on TV and online," 1 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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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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