on·​stage | \ ˈȯn-ˈstāj How to pronounce onstage (audio) , ˈän-, -ˌstāj\

Definition of onstage

: on or onto a stage : on a part of the stage visible to the audience

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The famously selective actor quit acting onstage during a 1989 performance of Hamlet in London. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "14 Actors Who Quit Hollywood (and Whether or Not They Actually Stuck to Their Decisions)," 12 Sep. 2019 The third round of Democratic debates is set to take place in Houston, Texas, this Thursday with just 10 presidential candidates onstage. Renae Reints, Fortune, "4 Things to Watch for During the Third Democratic Debate," 12 Sep. 2019 Next, Armanious hopped onstage to introduce the season's more aspirational looks. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Big changes to Junior League's Opening Style Show lead to the ultimate Tuesday night fashion party," 11 Sep. 2019 An improv veteran, Veneziale was comfortable being onstage without a net from the beginning. Adam Green, Vogue, "Hamilton’s Thomas Kail Returns to His Improv Roots with Freestyle Love Supreme," 10 Sep. 2019 After the emotional speech, the curtains opened and a full black choir made their way onstage to sing hymns as the models descended down the runway. Teen Vogue, "Pyer Moss’s NYFW Show Took Us to Church," 9 Sep. 2019 Rather than appear onstage together, the 10 candidates each had 40 minutes alone with a CNN moderator and a town hall audience. Mark K. Matthews, Scientific American, "Seven Takeaways from the Democratic Climate Marathon," 5 Sep. 2019 During one of her appearances onstage, Swift called for passage of the Equality Act, which would provide legal protections for LGBTQ people against discrimination at work, home, school, and other public accommodations. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "White House responds to Taylor Swift after she calls out President Trump at the VMAs," 28 Aug. 2019 As eager as fans may be to see Lizzo, Camila Cabello, and Miley Cyrus do their thing onstage, many of us are just as excited to see what their glam squads come up with. Allure, "The Best Hair and Makeup Looks of the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards," 26 Aug. 2019

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of onstage

: on or onto a stage and in front of an audience

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