stage-man·​age ˈstāj-ˌma-nij How to pronounce stage-manage (audio)
stage-managed; stage-managing; stage-manages

transitive verb

: to arrange or exhibit so as to achieve a desired effect
: to arrange or direct from behind the scenes
: to act as stage manager for
stage management noun

Examples of stage-manage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During contests, officials known as expediters stage-manage the athletes. Alice Li, Washington Post, 14 June 2023 The congress in Beijing has been stage-managed to show support for Mr. Xi’s domestic and foreign policies. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History


back-formation from stage manager

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stage-manage was in 1879

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“Stage-manage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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