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 As if to underline the significance of the moment, the orchestra made a dramatic European-style entrance, converging on the stage all at once and sparking from the crowd an instant ovation, one that seemed unusually heartfelt. BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2021 The cross on the stage was removed, and in came a huge screen, black and white paint, speakers, lights and modern chandeliers as the new church called Mercy Culture was born. Stephanie Mccrummen, Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2021 The cross on the stage was removed, and in came a huge screen, black and white paint, speakers, lights and modern chandeliers as the new church called Mercy Culture was born. Washington Post, 11 July 2021 Visitors can strike a pose on the stage, creating a tableau vivant, or living picture, that is projected onto a large screen. Serenah Mckay, Arkansas Online, 10 July 2021 Prince had lots of white boots that got scuffed from stage wear. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 That’s why Rufail and Envy wanted to get them back on the stage. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 8 July 2021 When the farm opens back up in September, there’ll be a few different faces on stage. Justin Curto, Vulture, 8 July 2021 Seconds later, all of the judges and Terry slammed their hands on the golden buzzer together, which prompted gold confetti to fall down on Victory on stage. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some were used to help those venues stage virtual concerts and generate some income during the pandemic, and Stageit hopes streaming will become a permanent option moving forward. Gary Graff, cleveland, 12 July 2021 That brings us back to Michael Flynn, that former national security adviser who, on May 30, argued that the U.S. military should stage a coup. Chrissy Houlahan, Time, 2 June 2021 Organizers are now racing to determine how Tokyo can stage the event safely, especially considering the capital only lifted its third state of emergency on Monday following a third wave of infections. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, 25 Mar. 2021 On the menu today: Apple rolls out expanded ads business, jobless claims hit new low, quant funds stage a comeback, and Google’s new privacy policy. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 22 Apr. 2021 As the documentary hits streaming, WeWork is trying to stage a comeback by going public by merging with a SPAC. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 To stay alive, the Bears needed to stage a big comeback in the second half. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2021 Three-wheelers have tried to stage a comeback since then, but most were mere nostalgia: Morgan Motor reprised a 1909 design to release its Morgan Threewheeler in 2011, a $46,000 collector’s item. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, 25 Mar. 2021 Well, days after allowing the New Orleans Pelicans to stage their biggest comeback in team history, the Celtics lost another extremely winnable game. Hunter Felt, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The solid rear axle is paired with an independent front suspension with coil springs and optional multi-stage Bilstein dampers engineered to deliver extreme off-road capabilities and composed and comfortable on-road ride quality. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 28 June 2021 At a time when multi-stage cyberattacks exploit real-world exposures rather than theoretical high-severity network issues, a security posture based on severity scoring is simply unwise. Gidi Cohen, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Dance Again offers the diversity and volume of a multi-stage festival without the hassle of sprinting across the grounds from set to set. Krystal Rodriguez, Billboard, 27 May 2021 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, 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, 26 Apr. 2021 Applicants go through a multi-stage selection process. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 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, 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, 23 Dec. 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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14 Jul 2021

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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

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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