stage

noun
\ ˈstāj How to pronounce stage (audio) \

Definition of stage

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : one of a series of positions or stations one above the other : step
b : the height of the surface of a river above an arbitrary zero point flood stage
2a(1) : a raised platform
(2) : the part of a theater on which the acting takes place and which often includes the wings
(3) : the acting profession : the theater as an occupation or activity
(4) : soundstage
b : a center of attention or scene of action
3a : a scaffold for workmen
b : the small platform of a microscope on which an object is placed for examination
4a : a place of rest formerly provided for those traveling by stagecoach : station
b : the distance between two stopping places on a road
5a : a period or step in a process, activity, or development: such as
(1) : one of the distinguishable periods of growth and development of a plant or animal the larval stage of an insect
(2) : a period or phase in the course of a disease also : the degree of involvement or severity of a disease
b : one passing through a (specified) stage
6 : an element or part of an electronic device (such as an amplifier)
7 : one of two or more sections of a rocket that have their own fuel and engine
on the stage
: in or into the acting profession

stage

verb
staged; staging

Definition of stage (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to produce (something, such as a play) on a stage
2 : to produce or cause to happen for public view or public effect stage a track meet stage a hunger strike
3 : to determine the phase or severity of (a disease) based on a classification of established symptomatic criteria also : to evaluate (a patient) to determine the phase, severity, or progression of a disease

stage

adjective

Definition of stage (Entry 3 of 3)

: intended to represent a type or stereotype a stage Irishman a stage French accent

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Other Words from stage

Noun

stageful \ ˈstāj-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce stage (audio) \ noun
stagelike \ ˈstāj-​ˌlīk How to pronounce stage (audio) \ adjective

Verb

stageable \ ˈstā-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce stage (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for stage

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of stage in a Sentence

Noun an early stage of the disease children at the same stage of development The actors walked out onto the stage. He was on stage for the entire show. He has no intention of leaving the political stage. The company wants to compete on the world stage. Verb The school stages two plays each year. The students staged a protest. The school is staging a track meet. The prisoners are staging a hunger strike. The photograph of the two leaders shaking hands was deliberately staged. His career as a singer appeared to be over, but then he staged a comeback.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Murphy says crime has always been a part of storytelling, from the Bible's Cain and Abel to Shakespearean deaths on stage. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 After the final ballet, confetti rained on the stage. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 Jhay Cortez concluded the night at a secret location before being surprised on stage by Balvin. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, 22 Sep. 2021 The vehicles didn't drive on stage or appear from behind a high-tech backdrop. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Much like this makeshift forest grew almost imperceptibly, so too did the connection to the performers on stage. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Choose between 16, 19 and 22 decibel reduction depending on your instrument, your place on stage, in the crowd or simply your preference. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2021 The young grandson of Carroll’s sister, Patricia, got up on stage and gyrated to the music. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Sep. 2021 The artists took turns on stage during their seven-minute speech. NBC News, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The bottom line is that regardless of what stage your finances are at, net worth is possible to build. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Among the governors who have joined Gov. Greg Abbott’s initiative, Noem and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are the only ones to stage news conferences at the border. Stephen Groves, ajc, 26 July 2021 Schwentke keeps things moving but doesn't seem to know how to stage complicated scenes. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 For the second year in a row, the pandemic thwarted plans for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game trade show colloquially known as E3, to stage its annual event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 Bentley, doing a passable grunge-dad look with his Covid locks, had the sense to stage this performance at the home of bluegrass in Nashville, the Station Inn, one of his early pre-fame haunts. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2021 The outdoor professional lacrosse league created by brothers Mike and Paul Rabil — the latter a former standout midfielder for the Blue Jays — had planned to stage three games at Homewood last summer on June 20-21. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 14 Apr. 2021 Franklin hopes to stage several of the season’s productions at an outdoor amphitheater since theaters aren’t expected to reopen until at least June. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2020 The cancer had progressed to stage four at the time of his death. Li Cohen, CBS News, 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Gilmer says the Symphony hopes to use the park’s various spaces for free entertainment for locals, multi-stage festivals and more. Billboard, 9 Aug. 2021 The solid rear axle is paired with an independent front suspension with coil springs and optional multi-stage Bilstein dampers engineered to deliver extreme off-road capabilities and composed and comfortable on-road ride quality. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 28 June 2021 At a time when multi-stage cyberattacks exploit real-world exposures rather than theoretical high-severity network issues, a security posture based on severity scoring is simply unwise. Gidi Cohen, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Dance Again offers the diversity and volume of a multi-stage festival without the hassle of sprinting across the grounds from set to set. Krystal Rodriguez, Billboard, 27 May 2021 The venue in question is Elsewhere, located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, so chosen for its capacity to support a multi-stage arrangement. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 4 May 2021 This extends to correlative analysis, which our platform automates, failure analysis, and multi-stage inspection on the line. Anna-katrina Shedletsky, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Applicants go through a multi-stage selection process. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021 The lights will go on at different times theater by theater, even — in some multi-stage venues — room by room. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stage

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stage

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French estage abode, story of a building, state, from Vulgar Latin *staticum, from Latin stare to stand — more at stand

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

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24 Sep 2021

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“Stage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stage. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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stage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a particular point or period in the growth or development of something
: a raised platform in a theater, auditorium, etc., where the performers stand
: the art or profession of acting and especially of acting in theaters

stage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce (a play, performance, etc.) on a stage
: to organize and produce (a public event)
: to arrange or do (something that is intended to get a lot of public attention)

stage

noun
\ ˈstāj How to pronounce stage (audio) \

Kids Definition of stage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a raised floor (as for speaking or performing)
2 : a step forward in a journey, a task, a process, or a development : phase "The plan is still in its early stages …"— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
3 : the theatrical profession or art
4 : a place where something important happens the political stage

stage

verb
staged; staging

Kids Definition of stage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce or show to others on or as if on the stage The drama club staged two plays. The schools staged a track meet.

stage

noun
\ ˈstāj How to pronounce stage (audio) \

Medical Definition of stage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a period or step in a process, activity, or development: as
a : one of the distinguishable periods of growth and development of a plant or animal the larval stage of an insect
b : a period or phase in the course of a disease the rash stage of Lyme disease— R. H. Boyle also : the degree of involvement or severity of a disease advanced stage II or III disease (more than 10 positive lymph nodes found after axillary dissection) — M. S. Anscher et al.
c : one of two or more operations performed at different times but constituting a single procedure a two-stage thoracoplasty
d : any of the four degrees indicating depth of general anesthesia
2 : the small platform of a microscope on which an object is placed for examination

stage

transitive verb
staged; staging

Medical Definition of stage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to determine the phase or severity of (a disease) based on a classification of established symptomatic criteria also : to evaluate (a patient) to determine the phase, severity, or progression of a disease

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