stag·​ing | \ˈstā-jiŋ \

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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Near the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge about 22 miles southeast of McAllen, troops on Monday were working on what looked to be a staging area to prepare for coming work. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "U.S. Troops’ First Order at the Border: Laying Razor Wire," 6 Nov. 2018 The default system will be used in parts of the game where corner peeking won’t affect gameplay balance (like the staging area of Blackout), and the competitive version will be used in modes where a more restrictive camera system is needed. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Players are exploiting Black Ops 4 emotes to peek around corners," 15 Oct. 2018 The military also is making preparations so that the Federal Emergency Management Agency can use Fort AP Hill, a training base about 45 miles north of Richmond, as a staging area for any relief effort. Dan Lamothe, The Seattle Times, "With Florence, the military faces a dual mission: Weather the storm and help others," 11 Sep. 2018 In 2015, a new outdoor concert venue began staging shows on the riverbank; this past summer’s slate of 14 performances included Wilco, the XX and Alabama Shakes. Ingrid K. Williams, New York Times, "Five Places to Go in Portland, Me.," 1 Feb. 2018 In fact, right now the space is being used as a staging area for the other projects. Jennifer Van Grove,, "One Paseo: Inside the bustling construction site," 12 July 2018 The pumping effort allowed rescuers to lower the water level in key areas, providing dry ground for staging areas and places where divers could refresh their supply of air. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 The conference, which is in its 35th year, often ends up being the staging ground for massive media deals. Janelle Nanos,, "Billionaire summer camp begins in Sun Valley," 11 July 2018 But this warehouse is more than just a preparatory staging ground. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Behind the scenes at Music Circus: "The better you are at your job, the less people notice"," 6 July 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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