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.
Recent Examples on the Web Powell plays Tony in director Ivo van Hove’s new staging of the beloved musical. Jessica Derschowitz,, "Broadway’s West Side Story postpones opening night after star’s knee injury," 24 Dec. 2019 No More Deaths and other humanitarian aid groups use the property as a staging area for search and rescue operations and leave water and food along migrant trails. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "A volunteer worker who aided migrants in Arizona was acquitted of harboring charges," 20 Nov. 2019 Both La Scala and New York’s Metropolitan Opera later hosted Zeffirelli’s classic staging of ‘‘La Boheme,’’ which was shown on American television in 1982. Colleen Barry,, "‘Romeo and Juliet’ director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96," 15 June 2019 Still, the contemporary resonances are never far from the surface in Galati’s dynamic and very, very funny staging. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Hilarious ‘Rhinoceros’ revival in SF comes just in time," 6 June 2019 Here are the parks participating the New Year’s Day festivities: PORTLAND · L.L. Stub Stewart State Park 10 a.m., meet at Clayhill horse staging area. oregonlive, "First Day Hikes returning to Oregon state parks on New Year’s Day," 11 Dec. 2019 The soldier would be standing in front of a staging post, his face unexpectedly lit up by a crooked smile. Emilio Fraia, The New Yorker, "Sevastopol," 9 Dec. 2019 Food and drinks will be served at the staging areas. Phillip Valys,, "Boats and ho ho hos: Holiday boat parades light up South Florida Intracoastal," 4 Dec. 2019 In many ways, Australia is an unlikely staging post for political instability. David Winning, WSJ, "A Battle for the Soul of Conservatism Plays Out in Australia," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of staging

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2020

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“Staging.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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