stage - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a particular point in time during a process or set of events

    The negotiations had reached a delicate stage.

    at this stage:

    There’s no point arguing about it at this stage.

    an early/initial stage:

    They had the ball more often in the early stages of the game.

    a final/closing stage:

    The issue was only raised in the closing stage of the election campaign.

    1. a.
      a particular part of a process that has several different parts

      She likes to involve herself in every stage of the film-making process.

      The project is still at a planning stage.

      Atkins outlined a three-stage programme for resolving the crisis.

    2. b.
      a part of a journey that has several different parts

      The last stage of the journey was the train north.

  2. 2
    [countable] theatre the part of a theatre where the actors or musicians perform
    take/leave the stage (=come onto/go off the stage):

    The musicians didn’t take the stage until after ten o’clock.

    on stage:

    They had now been on stage for over four hours.

    1. a.
      [singular] the theatre, rather than films, books, or other forms of art

      She’s written a number of things for the stage.

    2. b.

      the stage

      life as a performer, especially the profession of acting
      go on the stage (=become a professional performer):

      Do you think your children will go on the stage?

  3. 3
    [singular] the place or situation in which something happens, especially in politics
    the world/political/international stage:

    He is a skilled performer on the political stage.

    She’s not yet a politician of significance on the world stage.

  4. 4
    [countable] informal a stagecoach