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

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 In this old Silk Road city in western China, a state security campaign involving the detention of vast numbers of people has moved to its next stage: demolishing their neighborhoods and purging their culture. Josh Chin, WSJ, "After Mass Detentions, China Razes Muslim Communities to Build a Loyal City," 20 Mar. 2019 Outdoor entertaining was at the heart of Old Hollywood, so fling open the doors and set the stage for a party that would make even the Rat Pack proud. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 It's joined by three other guest homes, a 5,500-square-foot movie theater with a stage, several barns, animal shelter facilities, corrals, and a maintenance shop. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Neverland Ranch Is Back on the Market, Here's Everything You Need to Know," 6 Mar. 2019 The foreign minister said Saudi Arabia's investigation into Khashoggi's death was still in its early stages. Fox News, "Khashoggi's fiancée under police protection, Turkish media report," 22 Oct. 2018 Lopez, on the other hand, recently shared the stage with Michelle Obama in February during the 2019 Grammys. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Barack Obama Sent the Sweetest Engagement Note to Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez," 24 Mar. 2019 The day is finally here: After years of going to class, studying late into the night, and maybe even shedding a few tears, it’s time to walk across the stage to receive your diploma. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "35 Graduation Day Instagram Captions That Will Go Perfect With Your Degree," 22 Mar. 2019 These acids can eventually drill cavities into your teeth and cause gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Now, #MuteRKelly organizers are calling on the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in North Carolina to cancel his upcoming concert, and threatening to stage a protest if it isn't canceled. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Spotify drops R. Kelly from playlists," 10 May 2018 Politicians and anti-Trump campaigners across Britain are mobilizing online to stage mass protests during Mr. Trump’s planned visit. New York Times, "President Trump Is Coming to Britain. Here’s What He Can Expect.," 27 Apr. 2018 The stadium needs to be renovated for Eugene to stage the 2021 World Outdoor Championships. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Will Mt. SAC's stadium be ready in 2020? Will Hayward Field? Oregon track & field rundown," 3 Mar. 2018 The 1956 Hungarian Revolution inspires a few East German teenagers to stage a wordless protest with far-reaching consequences in the handsomely accoutered The Silent Revolution (Das schweigende Klassenzimmer). Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Silent Revolution' ('Das schweigende Klassenzimmer'): Film Review | Berlin 2018," 20 Feb. 2018 Following this Keystone Cops farce, a national labor union encouraged the employees to stage several public protests. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany," 20 Feb. 2017 Given that, let’s shift our gaze to Milwaukee, where the Cardinals and Brewers will stage a big four-game series this weekend. Michael Beller, SI.com, "The Table Setter: Marcell Ozuna Is On Fire," 18 June 2018 Israel’s greatest fear is that Hamas will stage a mass breach of the fence and enter nearby Israeli communities to kidnap or kill Israelis. Washington Post, "As Gaza death toll rises, Israeli tactics face scrutiny," 16 May 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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