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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The show will feature surround sound that syncs with surround lighting, as though the staging itself is flying around the audience. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Meet the Set Designer Behind For Björk Latest Showstopping Performance," 10 May 2019 Those three will join the live staging of Rent, as well as the final season of Gotham and a sophomore run for The Orville. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fox Fall Schedule Adds More NFL, Puts New Comedies on Friday," 14 May 2018 Tent walls will be added at the staging areas, and additional ponchos will be distributed to volunteers. Jennifer Mcdermott, The Seattle Times, "Boston Marathon organizers prepare for another rainy race," 12 Apr. 2019 McCarthy’s staging of the many big scenes is impressively coherent while avoiding trendy flashiness. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ophelia': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 23 Jan. 2018 The world is out of tune, spirits broken, and the staging by director Rachel Chavkin, Mitchell’s collaborator since 2013, trades song and dance for singing bodies straining in muscular rhythm. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 The staging epitomized Trump’s role during the roughly 72-hour crisis: A president to be seen but not publicly heard outside the confines of his team’s highly controlled communications operation. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Three questions heading into the next immigration showdown," 23 Jan. 2018 For this reason, cancer staging is largely dependent on how extensively the cancer has traveled. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Does Cancer Actually Kill Someone?," 15 Mar. 2019 Mendes’s staging is subtle but effective, enhancing the play’s deceptive lightness. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Olivier-winning play from Jez Butterworth juggles 21 actors, a baby, and a goose — with a dark strain of Irish nationalism.," 3 Nov. 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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to take the place or position of

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