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stage

noun
 
 
/steɪdʒ/
[C] one of a series of periods of development in a process: Flotation is a key stage in the group's development plans. From an early stage financial regulators blamed a lack of internal controls for the bank's failure. At this stage, there is no proposal to change the existing management structure of the group. Negotiations with the union have reached a critical stage. first/final/next stage
[S] a particular area of public life where important events happen: global/international/world stage His speech at the party conference propelled him onto the international stage.
in stages if you do something in stages, you divide the activity into parts and complete each part separately: The proposed budget cuts would be made in stages over the next five years.
→  See also early-stage , late-stage
(Definition of stage noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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