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

Although the lights produce mostly blue and red wavelengths, researchers now know that other colours play an important role at various stages of a plant’s development, says David Farquhar, IGS’s chief executive. The Economist, "New ways to make vertical farming stack up," 31 Aug. 2019 The actor played the understudy of Aladdin and a member of the ensemble in Broadway’s stage musical of the Disney animated movie. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Surprise! The Internet Thinks the New Host of Blue's Clues, Joshua Dela Cruz, Is Really Sexy," 30 Aug. 2019 Scheduled music and other performances will be held throughout the day on the festival’s main stage. Rich Heileman, cleveland.com, "Berea to host 29th annual Arts Fest: Around The Town," 30 Aug. 2019 This is in its preliminary stage, so location and specific times will be decided once organizers understand how many people are interested. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 That’s not to say that the stage version of Fleabag is not daring. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Nostalgic End of Fleabag," 30 Aug. 2019 The scale overwinters in the crawler stage in clusters on 1- to 2-year-old twigs and will begin to move again when temperatures warm up next spring. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Lumpy infestation on magnolia tree is likely scale," 30 Aug. 2019 That cycle is supercharged at every stage by climate change. Max Fisher, New York Times, "‘It’s Really Close’: How the Amazon Rainforest Could Self-Destruct," 30 Aug. 2019 The brown spots are the final stage of iron deficiency just before the leaves fall and leave bare branches. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Hollow, goop-filled tree needs an arborist’s advice," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

PopMob, short for Popular Mobilization, organized the milkshake party in Lownsdale Square, saying its goal was to stage a counterprotest against the right-wing Proud Boys and #HimToo movement. oregonlive.com, "Police lieutenant ‘firmly believed’ milkshakes thrown during June protest ‘contained some form of concrete’," 22 July 2019 In second place, a tie: the second-line to nowhere, and the segment in which Jeff invited Jon and Justin over to his Covington home to help him stage a photo shoot for Reagan's jewelry line. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Former Saints player Jeff Charleston airs brain disease concerns on 'Southern Charm New Orleans'," 30 Apr. 2018 The renovation of Hayward Field, which must happen if Eugene is to stage the World Outdoor Championships, has been delayed repeatedly. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Squabbling at the top, uncertainty about future hurt the sport: Oregon track & field rundown," 27 Feb. 2018 The sweeping changes, from museum director Bonnie Clearwater, are part of her strategy to stage attention-grabbing marquee shows designed to fill every wing of the museum. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Longer, slimmer, happier: NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale announces 2019-2020 season," 20 Aug. 2019 But Writers Theatre intends to bring a new perspective to this PG-13 story of Cinderella, Little Red, Jack and company — starting by reconfiguring its venue to stage the show in the round. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "15 things to do with the kids Aug. 19-25," 18 Aug. 2019 Why is that theater people love to stage shows about just how bad plays can get? Randy Mcmullen, The Mercury News, "Madcap comedy ‘Play That Goes Wrong’ lands in SF for short run," 14 Aug. 2019 The campy cult musical centers around a girl’s boarding school, which decides to stage a performance of the novel in its swimming pool to save the school from bankruptcy. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "There Is Going to be a ‘Moby-Dick’ Musical," 9 Aug. 2019 At the time the San Diego marine park received its approval to stage the new nightly show, the California Coastal Commission restricted fireworks displays to 14 nights per summer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fireworks return to SeaWorld after two-year absence," 18 July 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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