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stage

noun [C] uk   /steɪdʒ/ us  

stage noun [C] (PART)

B2 a part of an activity or a period of development: The project is in its final stages and should be completed by August. They did the last stage of their journey on foot. Our marriage is going through a difficult stage at the moment. Their youngest child is at the stage where she can say individual words but not full sentences. I'm not tired at the moment but I will need a rest at some stage (= at some time) during the walk. Andrew spends all his spare time playing with his computer but it's probably just a stage he's going through (= a period of development that will end soon).Stages and phases in stages If you do something in stages, you divide the activity into parts and complete each part separately: We're decorating the house in stages so it won't be ready for another couple of months.Stages and phases specialized engineering one of the separate parts of a rocket, each part having its own engine: Once its fuel supply runs out, each stage separates from the main part of the rocket and falls back to Earth.Space travel

stage noun [C] (THEATRE)

A2 the area in a theatre that is often raised above ground level and on which actors or entertainers perform: Hamlet is on stage for most of the act. The orchestra went on/off stage to great applause. The play is a stage adaptation of William Golding's novel. The opera singer returns to the London stage (= will perform again in London) this summer.Theatres, cinemas and their parts a particular area of public life: The president was extremely popular on the world stage but was disliked in his own country.Topics and areas of interest take the stage to go onto the stage and start to performActing, rehearsing and performing

stage

verb [T] uk   /steɪdʒ/ us  
C2 to arrange and perform a play or show: The local drama group is staging a production of the musical 'Grease'.Production, direction and recording to organize an event: London staged the Olympic Games in 2012.Managing and organizing
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