stag·​ing | \ ˈstā-jiŋ How to pronounce staging (audio) \

Definition of staging

2a : the business of running stagecoaches
b : the act of journeying in stagecoaches
3 : the act of putting on a play
4a : the moving of troops or matériel forward in several stages
b : the assembling of troops or matériel in transit in a particular place

Examples of staging in a Sentence

The staging of the play was more difficult than expected.

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But the dialogue, staging, and acting in this subplot were some of the weakest of the show. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 The complexity of the ad hoc rescue mission, which saw Air Force pilots flying Navy helicopters and refueling from a secret staging area in Iran, contributed to the mission’s failure. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch The Harrowing Way A Osprey Refuels in Midair," 13 Mar. 2019 Did Kim tell you anything about the clothing or the staging of the show? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Think Fashion and Art Meet Together like a Finely Knit Sweater”—Raymond Pettibon Discusses His Dior Men Collaboration," 11 Feb. 2019 Both Moscow and Damascus have accused the White Helmets of staging rescue missions and chemical attacks to blame on the government. Fox News, "Israel evacuates Syrian White Helmet rescue workers from border area," 22 July 2018 The simpler the aesthetic, the more enchanting the staging. Charles Mcnulty,, "'The Tempest' at the Old Globe: Kate Burton casts a benevolent spell as Prospera," 26 June 2018 Some of the staging took place at State Fair Park in West Allis. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When Hollywood went looking for old Chicago and found it (sort of) in Milwaukee," 19 June 2018 The staging sold more tickets than any other work the company had staged in the six years since it was launched. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Opera San Antonio’s artistic director steps down," 14 June 2018 Some of the singing passes muster — some of it — but the staging doesn't work at all. Chris Jones,, "'Burnham's Dream: The White City' shows it's hard to make a musical from dancing architects," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of staging

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of staging

: the performance of a play on a stage
: a temporary raised platform that a person can sit or stand on while working



Medical Definition of staging

: the classification of the severity of a disease in distinct stages on the basis of established symptomatic criteria

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