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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Produced for children aged 2 to 5, the show will be an interactive and educational staging that follows the growth of the human body. Kt Hawbaker,, "The Chicago Children's Theatre announces inclusive 2018-19 season," 9 May 2018 Heavy demolition will be allowed seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., under city noise permits, though truck trips and equipment staging may continue overnight. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s big demolition spectacle: How crews plan to pulverize the Alaskan Way Viaduct," 5 Dec. 2018 Following news that both Chanel and Versace are staging shows in New York this December, Louis Vuitton has announced plans to bring its Cruise 2020 runway to the Big Apple this spring. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Louis Vuitton Is Bringing Its Next Cruise Show to New York," 19 Nov. 2018 Instead, Delusion is a showcase for how immersive theater productions can be an effective reference point in the design and staging of cinematic VR experiences. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Delusion: Lies Within mixes movies and immersive theater to create a creepy, campy VR adventure," 20 July 2018 While Brooks came up with the idea of the show, generating lyrics like ‘‘Don’t be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi party,’’ Mr. Johnson created the campy, Busby Berkeley-like staging. Harrison Smith,, "Alan Johnson, 81, choreographer for Broadway and Mel Brooks," 14 July 2018 This musical, performed on July 7 at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Mass., received an all-but-full staging directed and choreographed by the Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall, and conducted by Mr. Lockhart. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "The Trouble With Bernstein’s Broadway in the Concert Hall," 13 July 2018 Elizabeth Lovelady's Red Theater staging doesn't compensate either. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The new Holodomor drama Sickle isn't sharp enough to draw much blood," 12 July 2018 Lyndsey Turner's tightly controlled staging adds to the ominous atmosphere, as does the superb scenic design by the ever-inventive Es Devlin. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Girls & Boys': Theater Review," 28 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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