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English definition of “early-stage”

early-stage

adjective [before noun]    
used to describe something such as a company or product that is starting to be developed or has only recently been developed: early-stage business/company/firmearly-stage development/research The company is conducting early-stage research on vitamin D compounds for osteoporosis.
FINANCE used to describe investment in companies or products that are starting to be developed or have only recently been developed: early-stage investment/funding/financing early-stage investors → Compare first-round financing
(Definition of early-stage adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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