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

The first time Rundgren shared a stage with Starr was for a Jerry Lewis Telethon in the late '70s. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Musician Todd Rundgren has written a memoir. And it has 183 chapters," 21 June 2019 The complex is being built in stages and is located just east of I-95 between Stirling and Old Griffin roads. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "TooJay’s Deli opens July 9 at Dania Pointe; tacos and barbecue next," 21 June 2019 Four of the starting five will share the stage on June 27. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, "Paleologos on the Poll: Where is voter excitement as the debates speed towards us?," 19 June 2019 Fortune’s inaugural Brainstorm Finance conference kicks off in Montauk today, where big names from big banks will share the stage with crypto-crusaders and fintech innovators. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Is Tech Too Intertwined For Huawei To Fall? — Data Sheet," 19 June 2019 Castro, along with fellow Texan Beto O’Rourke, will be on stage with eight others on June 26. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Castro housing plan: rent credits and up to $46 billion for affordable housing," 18 June 2019 Both sides had chances in the closing stages with Germany having two goals ruled out for offside. George Ramsay And Aimee Lewis, CNN, "France beats Nigeria in dramatic Women's World Cup match," 17 June 2019 The family-friendly show includes two acts and an intermission and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the Paw Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and pup packs. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Paw Patrol' is ready for action and rolling into Louisville with a live show," 17 June 2019 Hidden Falls Regional Park and the Meeker Island Dog Park are in their final stages of cleanup and assessment, according to St. Paul Parks and Recreation spokesperson Clare Cloyd. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Pair of flooded St. Paul parks to reopen within weeks," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The goal is to stage a positive experience that benefits visitors in many ways. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Olympian urges persistence at Make A Difference Day event," 4 June 2019 Gardner, who supported the bill, saw dozens of students, crossed legs and clasped hands, stage a sit-in inside of his office the very week of his visit to Alabama. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "“I Now Have the Perspective of Both Sides”: 18 Voting Officials Take Civil Rights Tour," 13 May 2019 These handsome fish capture our imaginations like no other, and the fishmongers have learned to stage a bit of showbiz flair to move their inventory. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 And neither Nicholas nor Regina (the maid/domestic worker) was likely to stage a linguistic revolution. Lynn Freed, Harper's magazine, "We Were So Happy Then," 10 Mar. 2019 Medina allegedly recruited Cory McCray, 19, and his teenage girlfriend -- who was not identified due to her age -- to stage a robbery during which Bertrand was killed. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Texas mother of 3 murdered by ex-friend who staged robbery, cops say," 16 Aug. 2018

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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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