stage

noun
\ ˈstāj How to pronounce stage (audio) \

Definition of stage

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : one of a series of positions or stations one above the other : step
b : the height of the surface of a river above an arbitrary zero point flood stage
2a(1) : a raised platform
(2) : the part of a theater on which the acting takes place and which often includes the wings
(3) : the acting profession : the theater as an occupation or activity
(4) : soundstage
b : a center of attention or scene of action
3a : a scaffold for workmen
b : the small platform of a microscope on which an object is placed for examination
4a : a place of rest formerly provided for those traveling by stagecoach : station
b : the distance between two stopping places on a road
5a : a period or step in a process, activity, or development: such as
(1) : one of the distinguishable periods of growth and development of a plant or animal the larval stage of an insect
(2) : a period or phase in the course of a disease also : the degree of involvement or severity of a disease
b : one passing through a (specified) stage
6 : an element or part of an electronic device (such as an amplifier)
7 : one of two or more sections of a rocket that have their own fuel and engine
on the stage
: in or into the acting profession

stage

verb
staged; staging

Definition of stage (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to produce (something, such as a play) on a stage
2 : to produce or cause to happen for public view or public effect stage a track meet stage a hunger strike
3 : to determine the phase or severity of (a disease) based on a classification of established symptomatic criteria also : to evaluate (a patient) to determine the phase, severity, or progression of a disease

stage

adjective

Definition of stage (Entry 3 of 3)

: intended to represent a type or stereotype a stage Irishman a stage French accent

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Other Words from stage

Noun

stageful \ ˈstāj-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce stageful (audio) \ noun
stagelike \ ˈstāj-​ˌlīk How to pronounce stagelike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

stageable \ ˈstā-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce stageable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for stage

Synonyms: Noun

dais, platform, podium, rostrum, stand, tribune

Synonyms: Verb

carry, give, mount, offer, present

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Examples of stage in a Sentence

Noun

an early stage of the disease children at the same stage of development The actors walked out onto the stage. He was on stage for the entire show. He has no intention of leaving the political stage. The company wants to compete on the world stage.

Verb

The school stages two plays each year. The students staged a protest. The school is staging a track meet. The prisoners are staging a hunger strike. The photograph of the two leaders shaking hands was deliberately staged. His career as a singer appeared to be over, but then he staged a comeback.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Besides rehearsals and epic on-stage routines, what does Dion do to stay in such immaculate shape all these years? Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Céline Dion's #1 Fitness Secret," 6 May 2019 Ariana Grande was nominated for nine awards, and fans were excited to see her rock the BBMAs stage. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "The Real Reason Ariana Grande Is Skipping Out on the 2019 BBMAs," 1 May 2019 Advertising With record fundraising for this stage in a presidential cycle, both the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are largely unrestrained financially, allowing them to make riskier investments in states won by Clinton. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump campaign eyes chances to vie for states lost in 2016," 14 Apr. 2019 Lockheed's plan loses the transfer vehicle and would have only two stages. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Lockheed Martin's New Lunar Lander Wants To Put Humans on the Moon by 2024," 11 Apr. 2019 New York Now that Edward Albee and Horton Foote have left us, John Guare would seem to have emerged as the unofficial dean of the American stage. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ Review: Youthful Zest, Leavened With Experience," 19 Mar. 2019 Atletico Madrid is back in the round of 16 after failing to make it out of the group stage last season. Tales Azzoni, The Seattle Times, "Atletico’s Costa not fit for 90 minutes against Juventus," 19 Feb. 2019 There’s every chance Deep Silver planned a $10 launch discount on Steam as well, and the Epic Games Store decampment just gives them a chance to posture on a larger stage. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you," 28 Jan. 2019 The Carrie and Me adaptation is still in its early stages, but Fey and Burnett are among a small team working to realize the project. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Tina Fey and Carol Burnett Are Working on a Movie Based on Burnett's Memoir Carrie and Me," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But according to Forbes, the founder wanted to stage a comeback. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Papa John’s founder resigns as chairman after using a racial slur on a call," 12 July 2018 Vuitton has also been known to stage its elaborate fashion shows inside museums such as the Louvre in Paris and the Miho Museum in Japan. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Louis Vuitton's traveling 'Time Capsule' exhibition makes its U.S. debut, popping up in Los Angeles," 18 May 2018 Though the heat alone might be reason enough to stage a boycott, allegations emerged that Qatar’s best argument for hosting were under-the-table payments totaling $5 million. John Henry, star-telegram, "Mexico-Croatia match might be trial run for 2026 World Cup in Dallas-Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Mar. 2018 Tiger might not have enough in the tank to stage a come-from-behind win, but his comeback clearly is way ahead of schedule. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tiger Woods five back at Bay Hill, where Henrik Stenson tops big-name leaderboard," 18 Mar. 2018 But sometimes Stine wants to stage shows that deal with more grown-up subject matter. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "What happened the final week of Edgar Allan Poe’s life?," 11 Jan. 2018 Tonight, 11 Honoré will stage their first ever runway show to kick off the New York Fashion Week's Winter 2019 season. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: A First Look at 11 Honore's NYFW Debut," 6 Feb. 2019 Don't stage a full-on intervention by gathering a worried group of friends and family to discuss this. Brittany Risher, SELF, "12 Things to Do When You Know Someone You Love Isn't 'Fine'," 18 Aug. 2018 The Drama Club at Smith Middle School is set to stage the musical Lion King, Jr. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Smith Drama Club To Stage 'Lion King, Jr.'," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stage

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stage

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French estage abode, story of a building, state, from Vulgar Latin *staticum, from Latin stare to stand — more at stand

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stage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a particular point or period in the growth or development of something
: a raised platform in a theater, auditorium, etc., where the performers stand
: the art or profession of acting and especially of acting in theaters

stage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce (a play, performance, etc.) on a stage
: to organize and produce (a public event)
: to arrange or do (something that is intended to get a lot of public attention)

stage

noun
\ ˈstāj How to pronounce stage (audio) \

Kids Definition of stage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a raised floor (as for speaking or performing)
2 : a step forward in a journey, a task, a process, or a development : phase “The plan is still in its early stages …”— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
3 : the theatrical profession or art
4 : a place where something important happens the political stage

stage

verb
staged; staging

Kids Definition of stage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce or show to others on or as if on the stage The drama club staged two plays. The schools staged a track meet.

stage

noun
\ ˈstāj How to pronounce stage (audio) \

Medical Definition of stage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a period or step in a process, activity, or development: as
a : one of the distinguishable periods of growth and development of a plant or animal the larval stage of an insect
b : a period or phase in the course of a disease the rash stage of Lyme disease— R. H. Boyle also : the degree of involvement or severity of a disease advanced stage II or III disease (more than 10 positive lymph nodes found after axillary dissection) — M. S. Anscher et al
c : one of two or more operations performed at different times but constituting a single procedure a two-stage thoracoplasty
d : any of the four degrees indicating depth of general anesthesia
2 : the small platform of a microscope on which an object is placed for examination
staged; staging

Medical Definition of stage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to determine the phase or severity of (a disease) based on a classification of established symptomatic criteria also : to evaluate (a patient) to determine the phase, severity, or progression of a disease

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