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"early-stage" in British English

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uk   /ˌɜː.liˈsteɪdʒ/  us   /ˌɝː.li-/
used for ​describing something that has only ​recentlystarted to ​happen or ​develop: early-stage ​dementia
(Definition of early-stage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"early-stage" in Business English

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early-stageadjective [before noun]

uk   us  
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
(Definition of early-stage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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