stage Definition

  • 1a raised floor or platform, typically in a theater, on which actors, entertainers, or speakers perform.
  • 2a point, period, or step in a process or development.
  • 3a level, degree, or period of time in the course of a disease.

Using stage: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stage" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The actors walked onto the stage.

  • Example

    The company is in the early stages of development.

  • Example

    The cancer was diagnosed at an advanced stage.

  • Example

    The team is preparing for the next stage of the competition.

stage Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using stage

  • to create the conditions necessary for something to happen


    The new policy sets the stage for future growth.

  • to become the focus of attention


    The issue of climate change has taken center stage in recent years.

  • to retire or withdraw from public life


    After decades of service, the politician decided to leave the stage.

Phrases with stage

  • the most important position or place


    The new product was brought to center stage during the presentation.

  • nervousness felt by a performer or speaker when appearing before an audience


    She had a bad case of stage fright before her first performance.

  • a loud whisper that can be heard by the audience


    He forgot his lines and had to be prompted with a stage whisper.

Origins of stage

from Old French 'estage', meaning 'a floor of a building'


Summary: stage in Brief

The term 'stage' [steɪdʒ] refers to a raised platform for performances or a point in a process or development. It can also denote a level or period of time in a disease. Examples include 'The actors walked onto the stage' and 'The team is preparing for the next stage of the competition.' Phrases like 'center stage' and 'stage fright' are common, as well as idioms like 'set the stage' and 'leave the stage.'

How do native speakers use this expression?