\ 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


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



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


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


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 Before getting to this stage, James was selected by guest judges and Google doodlers as the best doodle from the state of Maryland. Ana Faguy,, "Howard County second grader representing Maryland in national Doodle for Google contest," 13 May 2021 The pods are available close to the outdoor stage, for those who want to hear the free entertainment, or in quieter areas. Matthew J. Palm,, "What’s new as the Orlando Fringe Festival hits the big 3-0," 13 May 2021 This fall, Dacus will return to the stage for her first tour since the pandemic began, bringing Home Video to audiences across America. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, "Lucy Dacus Remembers Everything," 12 May 2021 Luke Bryan is heading back to the stage, this time focusing on the bright lights of Sin City. Topher Gauk-roger,, "Luke Bryan Is Ready to 'Make the Most of Vegas' with Upcoming Residency: 'I'm Tremendously Excited'," 12 May 2021 Korn is returning to the stage this summer with special guest Staind. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Korn and Staind Are Hitting the Road Together," 12 May 2021 The qualifier at Marietta CC had 132 entrants and offered eight tickets to the next stage. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From Alaska to Del Mar, U.S. Open qualifying is ‘ultimate meritocracy’," 12 May 2021 Acts including Coldplay, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa and The Weeknd are expected to take to the stage on the night. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Taylor Swift becomes first woman to win BRITs Global Icon award," 10 May 2021 Now, however, the former Cirque du Soleil performer may soon be able to trade in his Montreal apartment for the big top: The famed circus is returning to the stage after the pandemic forced it to shutter 44 shows, from Melbourne to Hangzhou. New York Times, "Cirque du Soleil’s Return Could Be Its Most Challenging Feat Yet," 9 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Michelle Welborn, an orthopedic surgeon at Shriners in Portland, Ore., describes three of her tethering patients, all of whom were at Sanders stage five. Katie Palmer, STAT, "The success of a novel scoliosis surgery hinges on when growth spurts hit. Can new tools better predict them?," 14 May 2021 This season’s Super Bowl will be played at SoFi Stadium, meaning for the first time the league will stage its marquee game with only one season’s worth of fans in the building. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "NFL schedule release highlights plenty of quarterbacks facing old teams," 12 May 2021 Indonesia faces two challenges: external defense, which could involve moving troops quickly from one island to the next, and internal piracy, which sees organized crime syndicates using the country’s vast web of islands to hide and stage attacks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Indonesia Built a Damn Tank Boat," 10 May 2021 So, the same statute of limitations defense might not be grounds for a complete dismissal at the pleadings stage. Andrea Tinianow, Forbes, "What Will The Ripple Effect Be In The Crypto Space?," 7 May 2021 Why, in Taiji, do those seafaring psychopaths stage their regular massacres? Matthew Scully, National Review, "Into the Deep with Seaspiracy," 28 Apr. 2021 Others, like Around, promised improved audio technology that would allow hybrid teams to stage virtual meetings—with some participants remote and some in the same room—without annoying feedback or echoes. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Zoom’s Immersive View is reimagining video conferencing as a virtual office," 28 Apr. 2021 Those interventions helped markets stage a powerful recovery from their bear-market lows, even as the economy ended up contracting for the first time since 2009. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Wild Market Ride Lifts Everything From Lumber to Stocks to Bitcoin," 25 Apr. 2021 Clarke and other 2021 draft-eligible prospects didn't have much of a choice but to divert to a different path this season when their leagues couldn't stage a season because of the pandemic. Fox News, "Dent in the pipeline: NHL draft-eligible players take a hit," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The venue in question is Elsewhere, located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, so chosen for its capacity to support a multi-stage arrangement. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "Are Podcasts Ready For Live Events Again?," 4 May 2021 This extends to correlative analysis, which our platform automates, failure analysis, and multi-stage inspection on the line. Anna-katrina Shedletsky, Forbes, "12 Months Post-Covid: How Manufacturing Has Changed," 26 Apr. 2021 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,, "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


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


1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stage


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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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



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)


\ 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


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.


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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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