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The negotiations had reached a delicate stage.
There's no point arguing about it at this stage.
They had the ball more often in the early stages of the game.
The issue was only raised in the closing stage of the election campaign.
The musicians didn't take the stage until after ten o'clock.
They had now been on stage for over four hours.
This is the British English definition of stage. View American English definition of stage.
the gear that you use for driving a vehicle very slowly