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stage

noun  /steɪdʒ/ us  

stage noun (PART)

[C] a part of an activity, or a period of development: The software is in the early stages of development. At that stage of my life, I was married but didn’t have any children.in stages If you do something in stages, you divide the activity into parts and complete each part separately: We’re repairing the house in stages – first the roof and chimney, then the windows.

stage noun (THEATER)

[C/U] the area in a theater, often raised above ground level, on which actors or entertainers perform: [C] When you’re sitting in the balcony, you see more of the ceiling than the stage. [U] Berlin’s most successful stage musical was "Annie Get Your Gun." [U] She was a popular star of the musical stage (= of this type of theater). As a child, he appeared on stage (= performing in theaters). [C/U] A stage is also a particular area of public life: [C] His novel includes such actors on the world stage as Fidel Castro and the Pope.

stage

verb [T]  /steɪdʒ/ us  

stage verb [T] (THEATER)

to arrange the performance of a play or other entertainment: Bejart was staging his own ballets. If you stage an event, you organize it: Bus drivers are planning to stage a 24-hour strike.
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