a single step or degree in a process; a particular phase, period, position, etc., in a process, development, or series.
a raised platform or floor, as for speakers, performers, etc.
the platform on which the actors perform in a theater.
this platform with all the parts of the theater and all the apparatus back of the proscenium.
the stage, the theater, especially acting, as a profession: He plans to make the stage his career.
Movies. sound stage.
the scene of any action.
a place of rest on a journey; a regular stopping place of a stagecoach or the like, for the change of horses, mules, etc.
the distance between two places of rest on a journey; each of the portions of a journey.
a portion or period of a course of action, of life, etc.: the adolescent stage of human development.
any one of the major time periods in the development of an insect, as the embryonic, larval, pupal, and imaginal stages.
Also called stadium. any one of the periods of larval growth between molts.
Economics, Sociology. a major phase of the economic or sociological life of human beings or society: the patriarchal stage.
Geology. a division of stratified rocks corresponding to a single geologic age.
the small platform of a microscope on which the object to be examined is placed.
Radio. an element in a complex mechanism, as a tube and its accessory structures in a multiple amplifier.
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.
to represent, produce, or exhibit on or as if on a stage: The drama class staged a play during Christmas vacation.
to furnish with a stage, staging, stage set, etc.
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.
to plan, organize, or carry out (an activity), especially for dramatic or public effect: Workers staged a one-day strike.
to classify the natural progression of (a disease, especially cancer).
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.
to be suitable for presentation or performance on the stage: The script didn't stage well.
to travel by stagecoach.
Idioms about stage
by easy stages, working, traveling, etc., slowly, with frequent pauses; unhurriedly, with many stops; gradually.
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.
hold the stage,
to continue to be produced, as a play or other theatrical production.
to be the center of attention.
on stage, performing, especially as an actor.
- 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), re·staged, re·stag·ing.
- su·per·stage, noun
- un·der·stage, noun
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How to use stage in a sentence
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Another in Philadelphia, the Fillmore, is in the final stages of vetting.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump | Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
If the magnetar has a halo of electrons, adding protons to the mix sets the stage for the double dose of cosmic phenomena.Neutrinos could reveal how fast radio bursts are launched | Lisa Grossman | September 16, 2020 | Science News
We need to focus our efforts so that our stages and our staff represent more accurately the world in which we live.
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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.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem | Danielle Belton | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He wants to know every external detail, even if the escape is ultimately to be shot on a sound stage.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He said many of them had trouble making the transition from stage realism to the more naturalistic demands of the screen.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
British Dictionary definitions for stage
a distinct step or period of development, growth, or progress: a child at the toddling stage
a raised area or platform
the platform in a theatre where actors perform
the stage the theatre as a profession
any scene regarded as a setting for an event or action
a portion of a journey or a stopping place after such a portion
short for stagecoach
British a division of a bus route for which there is a fixed fare
one of the separate propulsion units of a rocket that can be jettisoned when it has burnt out: See also multistage (def. 1)
any of the various distinct periods of growth or development in the life of an organism, esp an insect: a larval stage; pupal stage
the organism itself at such a period of growth
a small stratigraphical unit; a subdivision of a rock series or system
the platform on a microscope on which the specimen is mounted for examination
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
a university subject studied for one academic year: Stage II French
by easy stages or in easy stages not hurriedly: he learned French by easy stages
(tr) to perform (a play), esp on a stage: we are going to stage ``Hamlet''
(tr) to set the action of (a play) in a particular time or place
(tr) to plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
(intr) obsolete to travel by stagecoach
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with stage
In addition to the idioms beginning with stage
- stage fright
- stage whisper
- at this stage
- set the scene (stage) for
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