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
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

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 If a person tests negative for IgG antibodies but tests positive for IgM antibodies, they are suspected to be in the early stages of an infection and are told to continue social distancing for another five to seven days. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Private labs see high demand for COVID-19 antibody test that detects past infections," 11 Apr. 2020 But the organization could have performed better in the early stages of the contagion, and there’s at least some reason to suspect that people at WHO knowingly and consequentially misled us. Robert Wright, Wired, "Trump Isn't Wrong About Investigating WHO," 10 Apr. 2020 Early travel restrictions are useful in the early stages of the epidemic but other measures are needed to mitigate later local spread. Dr. Tom Frieden And Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, CNN, "Virology in the time of coronavirus: What a difference a month makes -- and the most important questions we still need to answer," 9 Apr. 2020 Maurano said travel bans presumably had some effect on slowing infections from Asia, although bans happened in stages and initially didn't prevent the virus from coming in from places like Europe. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Most coronavirus cases in New York City can be traced back to Europe, not Asia, research shows," 9 Apr. 2020 Tentative plans call for distributing those in stages throughout all of April, which would lag behind other districts by weeks. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland, "Cleveland schools still stuck in planning stages for ungraded online “enrichment,” during coronavirus closure," 8 Apr. 2020 Antibody testing wouldn’t pick people up in the earliest stages of infection who had asymptomatic infections, but the data are becoming very solid that within 4 to 5 days of earliest disease onset, antibodies are detectable. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Unprecedented nationwide blood studies seek to track U.S. coronavirus spread," 7 Apr. 2020 More than 140 experimental drug treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus are in development world-wide, most in early stages, including 11 already in clinical trials, according to Informa Pharma Intelligence. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Scientists Rush to Find Coronavirus Cure—but It Still Isn’t Fast Enough," 6 Apr. 2020 That could change the way doctors and hospitals need to think about patients, particularly in the early stages of illness. Markian Hawryluk, Scientific American, "Heart Damage in COVID Patients Puzzles Doctors," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The younger crews that organize takeovers have begun trying to stage gatherings in popular intersections, including near the Staples Center in downtown L.A., which would have been impossible just a few weeks ago. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Street racers are taking over roads emptied by coronavirus, with fatal results," 22 Apr. 2020 Artistic director Mark Clements expects to stage it with a cast of 28 actors. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Repertory Theater will perform 'Titanic' musical, Packers ticket comedy next season," 10 Feb. 2020 In this 93-minute film from 1996, a producer tries to stage a revue in a Missouri town, and things don’t go quite right. cleveland, "Author Daniel Levitin to speak at Beachwood Library; filling the cruiser in Cleveland Heights; more: Press Run," 27 Dec. 2019 Having already collaborated with Thirteen to film the original Apple plays and having learned what was lost when the camera lingers only on one speaker, Nelson decided to stage the call in gallery view. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "The Apple Family’s Checking In on Zoom. You’re Invited, Too.," 25 Apr. 2020 The league is determined to stage a full 82-game schedule in the 2020-21 campaign, yet still first has to complete about 15% of its regular-season games, an entire postseason, and at least some sort of an offseason at some point this summer. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "If NHL resumes, goalies will need time to get back in form, Kings’ Jonathan Quick says," 24 Apr. 2020 Jesuit High School coach Tom Rothenberger is planning to use the technology to stage four virtual meets in May and early June. oregonlive, "Thanks to Athletic.net the 2020 outdoor track season might not be over after all," 21 Apr. 2020 Fauci said that states in advanced stages of reopening could even begin to stage sporting events in front of spectators, though Trump said that some sports leagues would likely begin seasons by staging games with no fans in attendance. Lev Facher, STAT, "Trump outlines ‘phases’ for reopening states once coronavirus cases begin to decline," 16 Apr. 2020 Willis Solis, a worker who helped stage a walk-out last week, said the original system is more transparent, with a $5 minimum per order plus 7.5% of the order amount. Alexandra Olson, Fortune, "What to know before applying for gig work during the coronavirus pandemic," 15 Apr. 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 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stage. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for stage

stage

noun
How to pronounce stage (audio)

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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