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noun stage pronunciation in American English /steɪdʒ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] theatre the part of a theater 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 theater, rather than movies, 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. c.
      [only before noun] relating to acting or theaters
      a stage play (=performed in a theater, not on television or radio): He’s written a new stage play.
  2. 2
    [countable] a particular part of a process that has several different parts
    She likes to involve herself in every stage of the movie-making process.
    The project is still at a planning stage.
    Atkins outlined a three-stage program for resolving the crisis.
    1. a.
      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 played very well in the early stages of the game.
      a final/closing stage: The issue was only raised in the closing stage of the election campaign.
    2. b.
      a part of a trip that has several different parts
      The last stage of the trip was the train north.
  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


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