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

After three weeks of metamorphosis, the moths were about to mate and lay eggs — a stage of the life cycle that coincided with the end of school. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "The wonder of silkworms, past and present," 5 July 2019 The teens, from an LGBTQ summer camp, will be seated on stage with the presidential candidate and get the opportunity to ask questions at the 4 p.m. event, which is open to the public. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "Mayor Pete Buttigieg will head to Provincetown for a fund-raiser and town hall event on Friday afternoon," 5 July 2019 On a large, mobile stage, DJ JoJo and DJ Plata kept the music booming. Brooke Lamantia And Austin Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "It’s a red, white and blue celebration at local Fourth of July parade," 4 July 2019 And workers raced to finish a red, white and blue stage where President Trump will preside over one of the most unusual Fourth of July celebrations the capital has known. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Washington Prepares for a July 4 Spectacle, Starring and Produced by President Trump," 3 July 2019 There were trays of madeleines and a stage with thudding speakers. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Paris is pitching itself as the next-best thing for tech startups," 3 July 2019 On stage with Elvis & Friends, 7 p.m. July 6, 10418 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's going on in Milwaukee this week: July 5-11," 3 July 2019 But things really went off the rails when Abby pulled out fluffy slippers for the costume moments before GiaNina went on stage. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "Abby Cut GiaNina's 'Jersey Shore'-Themed Solo On This Week's 'Dance Moms'," 3 July 2019 With multiple acts playing on a stage each day, each set is cheaper to put on. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "Economics explains why there are so many music festivals now," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s about two-thirds of the $33,000 needed to stage the event. Ramona Sentinel, "Rotary shifts fireworks campaign into high gear," 27 June 2019 The Reds and the city had to overcome several hurdles to stage the event. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 33 – Pete Rose, NL win 1970 MLB All-Star Game at Riverfront," 27 June 2019 West Ham are to stage a daring attempt to sign Argentine forward Cristian Pavon from under the noses of Barcelona. SI.com, "West Ham Preparing Audacious Bid to Hijack Barcelona Move for Argentine World Cup Star," 7 June 2018 Madame Defarge’’ also suffers from a problem that is not of either Kesselman’s or Heyman’s making, but is endemic to stage adaptations of great literature: the absence of Dickens’s soaring prose. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "Gloucester Stage’s ‘Madame Defarge’ can’t knit together a compelling story," 22 May 2018 At its March 24 and 25 concerts at the Hemmens Cultural Center, Music Director Andrew Grams let patrons know the symphony was in need of further support to stage its May performances. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Symphony seeks $140,000 in funding, will perform in May," 31 Mar. 2018 The bottom of the river is a boulder field, where small trout often stage in the pocket water behind the boulders, as well as along the edges of tail-outs that feed the pools. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "5 spots to river snorkel in California," 20 June 2019 Ramona Rotary Club has collected about one-third of the $33,000 needed to stage its 27th annual July 4th Family Picnic & Fireworks Show. Ramona Sentinel, "Rotary kicks off fireworks campaign," 13 June 2019 Desperate to uncover the identity of Archie’s secret girlfriend, Betty and Veronica work with their frenemy Cheryl Blossom to stage Riverdale’s very own version of The Bachelor, with Archie as the man to win (and petunias instead of roses). Christian Holub, EW.com, "Archie and Sabrina's romance creates drama in new comic preview," 11 June 2019

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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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