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.


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

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
Related formsstage·a·ble, adjectivestage·a·bil·i·ty, stage·a·ble·ness, nounstage·a·bly, adverbin·ter·stage, adjectivere·stage, verb (used with object), re·staged, re·stag··per·stage, nounun·der·stage, noun

Synonyms for stage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stageability



a distinct step or period of development, growth, or progressa 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 outSee also multistage (def. 1)
any of the various distinct periods of growth or development in the life of an organism, esp an insecta 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 yearStage II French
by easy stages or in easy stages not hurriedlyhe learned French by easy stages


(tr) to perform (a play), esp on a stagewe 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

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 stageability



mid-13c., "story of a building, raised floor for exhibitions," from Old French estage "a story or floor of a building, stage for performance," from Vulgar Latin *staticum "a place for standing," from Latin statum, past participle of stare "to stand" (see stet). Meaning "platform for presentation of a play" is attested from late 14c.; generalized for "profession of an actor" from 1580s.

Sense of "period of development or time in life" first recorded early 14c., probably from Middle English sense of "degree or step on the 'ladder' of virtue, 'wheel' of fortune, etc.," in parable illustrations and morality plays. Stage mother is from 1919. Stage-Door Johnny "young man who frequents stage doors seeking the company of actresses, chorus girls, etc." is attested from 1912. Stage-struck is from 1813; earlier stage-smitten (1680s). Stage whisper first attested 1865.



early 14c., "to erect, construct," from stage (n.). The meaning "to put (a play) on the stage" first recorded 1879; general sense of "to mount" (a comeback, etc.) is attested from 1924. Related: Staged; staging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stageability in Medicine




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 stageability


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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