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

Other Words from stage

Noun

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

Verb

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

Synonyms for stage

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jennifer Lopez performs on stage during the LuisaViaRoma for UNICEF event at La Certosa di San Giacomo on July 30 in Capri. People Staff, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 You were known for wearing full suits on stage regardless of temperature or setting for the first handful of years of your career. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 4 Aug. 2022 There’s a memorial to Jackie with three ocarina players on stage playing the song. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 4 Aug. 2022 Givenchy kilt Kanye West wore on stage in 2012, when such a look was more divisive and subject to close-minded attacks. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 3 Aug. 2022 In the final weeks of the campaign, the candidates held a pair of events putting most of them on stage at the same time for voters to consider. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2022 Early in the season, however, each contestant was eliminated as a soloist before they were brought back on stage and encouraged to form a band — eventually called One Direction — instead. Daniela Avila, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2022 Still, the star showed his professionalism and humility by making sure to introduce and thank all the members of his band and his dancers, giving them a moment in the spotlight on stage. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, 1 Aug. 2022 Not long after Smith apologized, via a YouTube video, to Chris Rock for slapping him on stage during the Academy Awards, the comedian performed in Atlanta as part of his Ego Death world tour. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 31 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eleven years after his death, the National Gallery will stage a major retrospective of Freud from October 1 to January 22, with more than 60 canvases created over as many years going on display. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 1 Aug. 2022 Any media responding should stage at parking lot of Fitchburg police station. Matt Yan, BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2022 As the focus returns to fundamentals, dividend stocks will stage a stunning comeback, dwarfing the returns of long-dominant growth superstars whose downfall is now underway. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 14 July 2022 In the finale, the Hawkins kids stage a two-pronged assault on serial-killing brainwizard Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower). Darren Franich, EW.com, 5 July 2022 With the Neptunes protecting Odesa, the Ukrainian navy in theory could stage some or all of its new Harpoons near the Romanian border—and deprive the Russian fleet of any safe approach to the island. David Axe, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Iggy Pop will also stage his only North American gig of 2022 at this year’s fest, invading Lake Perris, California from September 30 to October 2. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 13 June 2022 Another legendary British act could stage a return to the top tier, for altogether different reasons. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 6 June 2022 The owners stage the West Shore Olympics, where a decathalon of games are played over the course of a weekend. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 1 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Data center cooling systems are built using a complicated, multi-stage process, says Sophia Flucker, director at UK data center consulting firm Operational Intelligence. Wired, 3 Aug. 2022 As his pre-stage prep, Michaels pops on his headphones and heads to the backstage stairs. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 16 June 2022 The Dixie Fire Collaborative has embarked on a multi-stage process to gather community input and create an architectural plan for the downtown. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2022 The Lilly drug showed promise in slowing cognitive and functional decline in patients in a small, mid-stage clinical study, and larger studies are under way to confirm its safety and efficacy. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 3 May 2022 For All, a multi-stage virtual bike tour that will raise funds for the Doctors Without Borders COVID-19 relief fund. Maren Larsen, Outside Online, 9 Apr. 2020 Out, the Australasian touring colossus whose multi-stage, single-day format became the template for alternative rock festivals across a generation, has died at the age of 64. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 7 Apr. 2022 In the years since, Diggins, 30, became the first American to win the Tour de Ski – a multi-stage event that is modeled off of cycling's Tour de France. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2022 The process of launching an R&D office is multi-stage and complex. Dmitry Ovcharenko, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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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
\ 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

stage

transitive verb
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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