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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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 More than 100 people gathered at the Gary/Chicago International Airport on Friday to protest its use as a staging ground for deportations. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "No deportation flight and no police as more than 100 protest at Gary airport," 6 July 2018 Texas' Port Isabel Service Processing Center has been set up as the staging ground for the families to be reunited prior to deportation. The Christian Science Monitor, "Texas charity has taken in 32 immigrant parents separated from kids," 25 June 2018 While Twitter is constantly redesigning its platform, much to the predictable outrage of its user base, Instagram has remained fairly straightforward, making it an ideal staging ground for all kinds of meme creativity. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Young people still love Twitter — as screenshots on Instagram," 21 June 2018 Although Upsala wasn’t built until 1798, well after the 1777 Battle of Germantown, the property served as the staging ground for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War fight. Stephanie Farr,, "Couple's historic Philly home came with an unusual caveat: Annual battle reenactments | We the People," 23 May 2018 According to the report, Afghan military and police forces—the cornerstone of American strategy to stabilize the country and prevent it from becoming a staging ground for terrorist attacks abroad—have shrunk by about 10% in the past year. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 2 May 2018 Dressed in a variety of pastel shades, the band took the no-frills route for their performance, opting for no elaborate costumes or staging, just pure soaring guitar leads and vocalist Sameer Gadhi's sweltering falsetto. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Young the Giant Perform Expansive New Song, 'Simplify' Live on 'The Late Show': Watch," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of staging

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of staging was in the 14th century

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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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