stage ( stages plural & 3rd person present) ( staging present participle) ( staged past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A stageof an activity, process, or period is one part of it.
usu with supp
The way children talk about or express their feelings depends on their age and stage of development..., Mr Cook has arrived in Greece on the final stage of a tour which also included Egypt and Israel.
2 n-count In a theatre, the stage is an area where actors or other entertainers perform.
also on N
I went on stage and did my show.
3 n-sing You can refer to acting and the production of plays in a theatre as the stage.
He was the first comedian I ever saw on the stage.
4 verb If someone stages a play or other show, they organize and present a performance of it.
Maya Angelou first staged the play `And I Still Rise' in the late 1970s. V n
5 verb If you stage an event or ceremony, you organize it and usually take part in it.
Russian workers have staged a number of strikes in protest at the republic's declaration of independence... V n
6 n-sing You can refer to a particular area of activity as a particular stage, especially when you are talking about politics.
usu supp N
He was finally forced off the political stage last year by the deterioration of his physical condition...
to set the stage →
The spellings centre-stage in British English, and center stage in American English are also used.
If something or someone takes centre stage, they become very important or noticeable. n-uncount also the N
Nuclear proliferation has returned to centre stage in international affairs.
landing stage ( landing stages plural ) , landing-stage A landing stage is a platform built over water where boats stop to let people get off, or to load or unload goods.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
sound stage ( sound stages plural ) , sound-stage, soundstage A sound stage is a stage or set which is suitable for recording sound, especially for a film. n-count
stage direction ( stage directions plural ) Stage directions are the notes in the text of a play which say what the actors should do. n-count
stage door ( stage doors plural ) Thestage door of a theatre is the entrance used by actors and actresses and by employees of the theatre. n-count usu the N in sing
stage fright , stage-fright
Stage fright is a feeling of fear or nervousness that some people have just before they appear in front of an audience. n-uncount
Stage left is the left side of the stage for an actor who is standing facing the audience. adv usu ADV after v, also prep ADV
He entered stage left.
stage-manage ( stage-manages 3rd person present) ( stage-managing present participle) ( stage-managed past tense & past participle ) If someone stage-manages an event, they carefully organize and control it, rather than letting it happen in a natural way. verb
Some radicals may oppose him in protest at the attempt of his supporters to stage-manage the congress... V n
stage manager ( stage managers plural ) , stage-manager At a theatre, a stage manager is the person who is responsible for the scenery and lights and for the way that actors or other performers move about and use the stage during a performance. n-count
stage name ( stage names plural ) A stage name is a name that an actor or entertainer uses instead of his or her real name when they work. n-count
Under the stage name of Beverly Brooks, Patricia had small parts in several British films.
Stage right is the right side of the stage for an actor who is standing facing the audience. adv usu ADV after v, also prep ADV
stage-struck , stagestruck
Someone who is stage-struck is fascinated by the theatre and wants to become an actor or actress. adj
stage whisper ( stage whispers plural ) , stage-whisper If someone says something in a stage whisper, they say it as if they are speaking privately to one person, although it is actually loud enough to be heard by other people. n-count