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[ steyj ]


  1. a single step or degree in a process; a particular phase, period, position, etc., in a process, development, or series.
  2. a raised platform or floor, as for speakers, performers, etc.
  3. Theater.
    1. the platform on which the actors perform in a theater.
    2. this platform with all the parts of the theater and all the apparatus back of the proscenium.
  4. the stage, the theater, especially acting, as a profession:

    He plans to make the stage his career.

  5. Movies. sound stage.
  6. the scene of any action.

    Synonyms: locale, setting, spot

  7. a stagecoach.
  8. a place of rest on a journey; a regular stopping place of a stagecoach or the like, for the change of horses, mules, etc.
  9. the distance between two places of rest on a journey; each of the portions of a journey.
  10. a portion or period of a course of action, of life, etc.:

    the adolescent stage of human development.

  11. Entomology.
    1. any one of the major time periods in the development of an insect, as the embryonic, larval, pupal, and imaginal stages.
    2. Also called stadium. any one of the periods of larval growth between molts.
  12. Economics, Sociology. a major phase of the economic or sociological life of human beings or society:

    the patriarchal stage.

  13. Geology. a division of stratified rocks corresponding to a single geologic age.
  14. the small platform of a microscope on which the object to be examined is placed.
  15. Radio. an element in a complex mechanism, as a tube and its accessory structures in a multiple amplifier.
  16. Rocketry. a section of a rocket containing a rocket engine or cluster of rocket engines, usually separable from other such sections when its propellant is exhausted.

verb (used with object)

, staged, stag·ing.
  1. to represent, produce, or exhibit on or as if on a stage:

    The drama class staged a play during Christmas vacation.

  2. to furnish with a stage, staging, stage set, etc.
  3. to write, direct, or produce (a play) with the action taking place as if in a specified locale or time:

    He staged the fantasy on Mars in the year 2500.

  4. to plan, organize, or carry out (an activity), especially for dramatic or public effect:

    Workers staged a one-day strike.

  5. to classify the natural progression of (a disease, especially cancer).
  6. to prepare (a home) for sale in such a way as to appeal to potential buyers and generate a higher selling price:

    They were initially reluctant to hire someone to stage their apartment.

verb (used without object)

, staged, stag·ing.
  1. to be suitable for presentation or performance on the stage:

    The script didn't stage well.

  2. to travel by stagecoach.


/ steɪdʒ /


  1. a distinct step or period of development, growth, or progress

    a child at the toddling stage

  2. a raised area or platform
  3. the platform in a theatre where actors perform
  4. the stage
    the theatre as a profession
  5. any scene regarded as a setting for an event or action
  6. a portion of a journey or a stopping place after such a portion
  7. short for stagecoach
  8. a division of a bus route for which there is a fixed fare
  9. one of the separate propulsion units of a rocket that can be jettisoned when it has burnt out See also multistage
  10. any of the various distinct periods of growth or development in the life of an organism, esp an insect

    pupal stage

    a larval stage

  11. the organism itself at such a period of growth
  12. a small stratigraphical unit; a subdivision of a rock series or system
  13. the platform on a microscope on which the specimen is mounted for examination
  14. electronics a part of a complex circuit, esp one of a number of transistors with the associated elements required to amplify a signal in an amplifier
  15. a university subject studied for one academic year

    Stage II French

  16. by easy stages or in easy stages
    not hurriedly

    he learned French by easy stages


  1. tr to perform (a play), esp on a stage

    we are going to stage ``Hamlet''

  2. tr to set the action of (a play) in a particular time or place
  3. tr to plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
  4. obsolete.
    intr to travel by stagecoach

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Other Words From

  • stagea·ble adjective
  • stagea·bili·ty stagea·ble·ness noun
  • stagea·bly adverb
  • inter·stage adjective
  • re·stage verb (used with object) restaged restaging
  • super·stage noun
  • under·stage noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of stage1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English (noun) from 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of stage1

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

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. by easy stages, working, traveling, etc., slowly, with frequent pauses; unhurriedly, with many stops; gradually.
  2. go on the stage, to become an actor, especially in the theater:

    She knew from the age of 12 that she would go on the stage.

  3. hold the stage,
    1. to continue to be produced, as a play or other theatrical production.
    2. to be the center of attention.
  4. on stage, performing, especially as an actor.

More idioms and phrases containing stage

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

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Example Sentences

We are still very much in the early stages of working with a number of these plants like cannabis and mushrooms and medicinal herbs.

Another in Philadelphia, the Fillmore, is in the final stages of vetting.

If the magnetar has a halo of electrons, adding protons to the mix sets the stage for the double dose of cosmic phenomena.

We need to focus our efforts so that our stages and our staff represent more accurately the world in which we live.

They walk you through most of the inbound marketing strategies but take no cognizance of what stage you are and whether you have the capacity to implement them.

But at this stage, he is either afraid or unable to get carried away by his thoughts.

Whether he can do it on the national stage is the unanswered question.

Instead, black models are required to remain meekly, silently off stage, waiting for a turn that may never come.

He wants to know every external detail, even if the escape is ultimately to be shot on a sound stage.

He said many of them had trouble making the transition from stage realism to the more naturalistic demands of the screen.

But between the phase of schooling and the phase of adult learning there is an intermediate stage.

In practice we find a good deal of technical study comes into the college stage.

In Scotland and America that is distinguished and thought of clearly as the college stage.

It was in the college stage that most of us made out our religion and made it real for ourselves.

My schooling was shocking but, as a blessed compensation, my college stage was rather exceptionally good.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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