Meaning of “early-stage” in the English Dictionary

"early-stage" in British English

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early-stageadjective

uk /ˌɜː.liˈsteɪdʒ/ us /ˌɝː.liˈsteɪdʒ/

used for describing something that has only recently started 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/firm
early-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 investors

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