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[steyj] /steɪdʒ/
a single step or degree in a process; a particular phase, period, position, etc., in a process, development, or series.
a raised platform or floor, as for speakers, performers, etc.
  1. the platform on which the actors perform in a theater.
  2. this platform with all the parts of the theater and all the apparatus back of the proscenium.
the stage, the theater, especially acting, as a profession:
He plans to make the stage his career.
Movies. sound stage.
the scene of any action.
a stagecoach.
a place of rest on a journey; a regular stopping place of a stagecoach or the like, for the change of horses, mules, etc.
the distance between two places of rest on a journey; each of the portions of a journey.
a portion or period of a course of action, of life, etc.:
the adolescent stage of human development.
  1. any one of the major time periods in the development of an insect, as the embryonic, larval, pupal, and imaginal stages.
  2. Also called stadium. any one of the periods of larval growth between molts.
Economics, Sociology. a major phase of the economic or sociological life of human beings or society:
the patriarchal stage.
Geology. a division of stratified rocks corresponding to a single geologic age.
the small platform of a microscope on which the object to be examined is placed.
Radio. an element in a complex mechanism, as a tube and its accessory structures in a multiple amplifier.
Rocketry. a section of a rocket containing a rocket engine or cluster of rocket engines, usually separable from other such sections when its propellant is exhausted.
verb (used with object), staged, staging.
to represent, produce, or exhibit on or as if on a stage:
The drama class staged a play during Christmas vacation.
to furnish with a stage, staging, stage set, etc.
to write, direct, or produce (a play) with the action taking place as if in a specified locale or time:
He staged the fantasy on Mars in the year 2500.
to plan, organize, or carry out (an activity), especially for dramatic or public effect:
Workers staged a one-day strike.
to classify the natural progression of (a disease, especially cancer).
verb (used without object), staged, staging.
to be suitable for presentation or performance on the stage:
The script didn't stage well.
to travel by stagecoach.
by easy stages, working, traveling, etc., slowly, with frequent pauses; unhurriedly, with many stops; gradually.
go on the stage, to become an actor, especially in the theater:
She knew from the age of 12 that she would go on the stage.
hold the stage,
  1. to continue to be produced, as a play or other theatrical production.
  2. to be the center of attention.
on stage, performing, especially as an actor.
1250-1300; Middle English (noun) < Old French estage (French étage) < Vulgar Latin *staticum standing place, equivalent to stat(us) status + -icum, neuter of -icus -ic
Related forms
stageable, adjective
stageability, stageableness, noun
stageably, adverb
interstage, adjective
restage, verb (used with object), restaged, restaging.
superstage, noun
understage, noun
6. spot, setting, locale. Unabridged
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Examples for stages
  • Treatment in the early stages, shock requires immediate intervention to preserve life.
  • There are many topiaries underway in various stages of growth.
  • Victims typically bleed directly through the skin in early stages.
  • Early stages resemble the flu, with pink eyes, coughing and fever.
  • The development of this skill relies on the resolution of other stages.
  • The last three stages of evolution occur at different times depending on the scale.
  • The durations between feedings vary between species and during the stages of development.
  • A case of acute verbal aphasia followed through the various stages of recovery.
  • More than a dozen advanced reactor designs are in various stages of development.
  • Much larger stadium, is still in the opening stages of construction.
British Dictionary definitions for stages


a distinct step or period of development, growth, or progress a child at the toddling stage
a raised area or platform
the platform in a theatre where actors perform
the stage, the theatre as a profession
any scene regarded as a setting for an event or action
a portion of a journey or a stopping place after such a portion
short for stagecoach
(Brit) a division of a bus route for which there is a fixed fare
one of the separate propulsion units of a rocket that can be jettisoned when it has burnt out See also multistage (sense 1)
any of the various distinct periods of growth or development in the life of an organism, esp an insect a larval stage, pupal stage
the organism itself at such a period of growth
a small stratigraphical unit; a subdivision of a rock series or system
the platform on a microscope on which the specimen is mounted for examination
(electronics) a part of a complex circuit, esp one of a number of transistors with the associated elements required to amplify a signal in an amplifier
a university subject studied for one academic year Stage II French
by easy stages, in easy stages, not hurriedly he learned French by easy stages
(transitive) to perform (a play), esp on a stage we are going to stage ``Hamlet''
(transitive) to set the action of (a play) in a particular time or place
(transitive) to plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
(intransitive) (obsolete) to travel by stagecoach
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estage position, from Vulgar Latin staticum (unattested), from Latin stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stages
c.1300, "story of a building, raised floor for exhibitions," from O.Fr. estage "a story or floor of a building, stage for performance," from V.L. *staticum "a place for standing," from L. statum, pp. of stare "to stand" (see stet). Meaning "platform for presentation of a play" is attested from 1548; generalized for "profession of an actor" from 1589. Sense of "period of development or time in life" first recorded 1608, probably from M.E. sense of "degree or step on the 'ladder' of virtue, 'wheel' of fortune, etc.," in parable illustrations and morality plays. The verb meaning "to put (a play) on the stage" first recorded 1879; general sense of "to mount" (a comeback, etc.) is attested from 1924. Stage-coach is 1658, from the sense of "division of a journey without stopping for rest" (1603). Stage mother is from 1919. Stage-Door Johnny "young man who frequents stage doors seeking the company of actresses, chorus girls, etc." is attested from 1912. Stage-struck is from 1813; earlier stage-smitten (1682). Stage-whisper first attested 1865.
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stages in Medicine

stage (stāj)

  1. A period in the course of a disease.

  2. The platform on a microscope that supports a slide for viewing.

  3. A particular step, phase, or position in a developmental process.

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