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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun May 14 was supposed to mark Rachel Hollis’s return to her happy place: a stage in front of an adoring audience. New York Times, "Girl, Wash Your Timeline," 29 Apr. 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are set to make history Wednesday as the first women to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address. BostonGlobe.com, "Harris, Pelosi to make history seated behind Biden at speech," 28 Apr. 2021 At this stage in my life, maybe that's the end of me. Jim Dobson, Forbes, "Modern Day Mystic Sadhguru On His Motorcycle Adventure Across America, And His New Book On Karma," 27 Apr. 2021 The Dream Engine didn’t make it to the stage in New York, but Steinman worked with Papp there for seven years. Bill Wyman, Vulture, "Jim Steinman, Master of Excess," 27 Apr. 2021 Kicking on a bigger stage in 2020, Borregales made 20 of his 22 field goal attempts (one miss was blocked) with a long of 57 and all of his extra points. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Local football stars who could be drafted this week | Photos," 27 Apr. 2021 Stevens wrote and recorded Convocations in fall 2020 not long after the death of his father, and each volume is meant to reflect a different stage in the mourning process. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Sufjan Stevens Releases Latest Ambient Piece ‘Celebration VIII’," 26 Apr. 2021 The theater was built in 1903 as a silent movie house, then was expanded to include a theater stage in the 1920s. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Legacy Theatre reopens its doors following $4 million renovation," 25 Apr. 2021 Perhaps Outen's eagerness to learn at this stage in her career is a sign that more industry vets will begin to go beyond listening to Black women's stories of painful on-set experiences. Baze Mpinja, Allure, "The Unbearable Whiteness of Hollywood's Hair and Makeup Crews," 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That includes Comic-Con, which is planning to stage a smaller in-person gathering in late November. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tourists slowly returning to San Diego, but recovery from pandemic still years off," 30 Apr. 2021 At the end of weeks of planning, UTSA decided to stage the event Saturday morning at the team’s on-campus practice field. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA explored 'multitude of options' for spring game," 29 Apr. 2021 Regarding the practical aspects of the show, our plan is to stage an intimate, in-person event at Union Station in Los Angeles, with additional show elements live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, "The Oscars reveal 2021 show details. Social distance? Yes. Zoom? No," 18 Mar. 2021 Instead, the agency says Bond paid a third-party promoter to stage the event at the Harvard Faculty Club using a fake Harvard insignia. CBS News, "RagingBull stock-trading site accused of $137 million fraud," 8 Dec. 2020 Now the current challenge: how to stage our biggest event of the year, the annual radiothon/telethon, which is always held at the Somerset Collection in Troy. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Annual radiothon will shift, adjust, but go on," 6 Dec. 2020 Much about this year has been difficult, from the everyday lives of so many in our state to the ability to stage a PGA Tour event. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Travelers Championship’s biggest winners are the people and charities of Connecticut, even in pandemic-stricken 2020," 22 Oct. 2020 And in early October, Apple is expected to stage another event to launch the next four editions of the iPhones. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "How to bring Zoom to your TV (coming soon) with Alexa," 25 Sep. 2020 Richie added that Pike has something that can't be taught: stage presence. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' singer debuts eye patch after surgery, Katharine McPhee returns for emotional duet," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Applicants go through a multi-stage selection process. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, "New Career Options For Recent PhDs In The Humanities And Social Sciences," 4 Apr. 2021 The lights will go on at different times theater by theater, even — in some multi-stage venues — room by room. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "What Happens to New York Theater on April 2?," 2 Apr. 2021 When Americans learn about Congress in civics classes, they’re taught that passing legislation can be a lengthy, multi-stage process. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Congress Is the Problem Child of American Democracy," 23 Dec. 2020 Mayor Dean Trantalis says the dredging project is just the start of a multi-phase, multi-stage plan to return the Tarpon River to its former state. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale to pay millions to dredge waterways soiled by sewage," 21 Oct. 2020 More complex home heating and cooling systems — such as multi-stage boilers and heat pumps or dual-fuel systems — may require a more advanced smart thermostat that supports a wider range of heating types. Natasha Stokes, NBC News, "Best smart thermostats 2020: Honeywell, Google Nest and more," 30 Mar. 2020 But these days, many ductless systems feature a multi-stage filtration process that gets to work immediately reducing dust, pollen, and allergens in the air. Doctor Fix-it, The Denver Post, "7 benefits of a ductless system," 14 July 2020

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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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The first known use of stage was in the 14th century

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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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