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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). 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. 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.

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. a particular area of public life: The president was extremely popular on the world stage but was disliked in his own country. take the stage to go onto the stage and start to perform

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'. to organize an event: London staged the Olympic Games in 2012.
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