[ steyj ]
/ steɪdʒ /


verb (used with object), staged, stag·ing.

verb (used without object), staged, stag·ing.

to be suitable for presentation or performance on the stage: The script didn't stage well.
to travel by stagecoach.

Nearby words

  1. stag night,
  2. stag party,
  3. stag's horn,
  4. stag's-horn coral,
  5. stag-horn calculus,
  6. stage brace,
  7. stage business,
  8. stage direction,
  9. stage director,
  10. stage door


Origin of stage

1250–1300; Middle English (noun) < Old French estage (French étage), from Vulgar Latin staticum (unattested) “standing place,” equivalent to stat(us) status + -icum, neuter of -icus -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for stage


/ (steɪdʒ) /



Word Origin for stage

C13: from Old French estage position, from Vulgar Latin staticum (unattested), from Latin stāre to stand

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Word Origin and History for stage
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Medicine definitions for stage


[ stāj ]


A period in the course of a disease.
The platform on a microscope that supports a slide for viewing.
A particular step, phase, or position in a developmental process.


To determine the extent or progression of.

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Idioms and Phrases with stage


In addition to the idioms beginning with stage

  • stage fright
  • stage whisper

also see:

  • at this stage
  • set the scene (stage) for
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