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English definition of “stage-gate”

stage-gate

adjective [before noun]    
MANAGEMENT used to describe a point in a project or plan at which development can be examined and any important changes or decisions relating to costs, resources, profits, etc. can be made: a stage-gate model/process/system The project plan needs to show a comprehensive stage-gate process before funding is approved.
(Definition of stage-gate adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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