stage

noun
\ˈstāj \

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

c : stagecoach

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from stage

Noun

stageful \ˈstāj-ˌfu̇l \ noun
stagelike \ˈstāj-ˌlīk \ adjective

Verb

stageable \ˈstā-jə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms for stage

Synonyms: Noun

drama, dramatics, theater (or theatre), theatricals, theatrics

Synonyms: Verb

carry, give, mount, offer, present

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Amid these debacles and many other skirmishes on the world stage, the date of Trump’s visit to the U.K. kept being pushed back. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Controversial U.K. Visit," 12 July 2018 With five candidates on the stage, Republicans clashed Thursday night among themselves and more often blasted a politician who is not on the ballot this year — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Republicans Battle in Five-Way Debate At Mohegan Sun," 12 July 2018 Grgich's bottle and beret are now in the Smithsonian, and this year, visitors at the winery can sample a 40th-anniversary offering crafted to resemble the vintage that put Napa Valley wines on the world stage. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 Those were some of the ways people on Friday mounted protests at every stage of President Trump’s working visit to Britain. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "London’s ‘Trump Baby’ Balloon Flies as Protests Take Off Across U.K.," 13 July 2018 There have been no bids lodged at this stage, leaving Everton as the sole club in active pursuit. SI.com, "Watford Reject Everton's €30m Bid for Star Player as Toffees Look to Bolster Midfield Squad Depth," 13 July 2018 Both are trailing Michael Dyer, who is the clear favorite at this stage more than 156 million chips. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Meet the Michiganders who made World Series of Poker final table," 13 July 2018 At this stage, the RCPG board is only considering whether to ask the county to do a General Plan Amendment so that a feasibility study can be done in the future. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Garden advocate wants Ramona Street completion off priority list," 11 July 2018 But there was also plenty to correct for both Bridges and his teammates, as there should be at this stage. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets rookie Miles Bridges finds himself in a summer game of trial-and-error," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

New Lenox initially planned to stage its show July 6, but a second bout of heavy rain July 5 caused the fireworks to be water-damaged. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "New Lenox reschedules fireworks," 12 July 2018 Eventually, the dance class decides to stage a flash-mob performance in Piccadilly Circus for charity. Jane Horwitz, idahostatesman, "‘Finding Your Feet’ is too on-the-nose | Idaho Statesman," 12 Apr. 2018 Or like Pleasantville, except no one’s bothering to stage a revolution. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Behold: The Bachelor Unicorns — The Perfect Contestants Who Came & Went," 9 July 2018 The election is Cambodia's sixth since 1993, when the United Nations helped stage the country's first free polls after the 1975-79 genocidal rule of the Khmer Rouge and civil war. Sopheng Cheang, Fox News, "Cambodia's ruler starts campaigning with opponents silenced," 7 July 2018 Swift has always put on a master class in how to stage a show, and for this tour she's compensated for the size of her venues with a spectacular video component that made the entire night feel like one long music video on a really big television. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Taylor Swift goes big with her bad reputation at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium," 1 July 2018 Trump’s statement that two women are included in his shortlist for the position may be intended to neutralize any plans by Democrats to stage an all-out war in the Senate. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Trump Says He's Considering Two Women Supreme Court Nominee, Announcement to Come July 9," 29 June 2018 In response to the lawsuit, the group returned to City Hall on Wednesday to stage a news conference. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City files lawsuit to keep rent control measure off ballot," 25 May 2018 But this is a tough play to stage, especially at this budget level. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Attention foodies: 'How to Use a Knife' is about a New York chef on the edge," 14 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stage

Statistics for stage

Last Updated

14 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for stage

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stage

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 \

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 \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on stage

What made you want to look up stage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!