1. [ noun ] any distinct time period in a sequence of events
Synonyms: phase

"we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected"

Related terms: time_period apogee chapter pachytene leptotene phase_of_cell_division anal_stage genital_stage latency_stage diplotene menstrual_phase diakinesis secretory_phase zygotene seedtime safe_period phallic_phase fertile_period incubation musth generation oral_stage phase
2. [ noun ] a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
Synonyms: degree point level

"a remarkable degree of frankness" "at what stage are the social sciences?"

Related terms: state extent acme plane standard_of_living quickening climax ultimateness state_of_the_art ladder resultant
3. [ noun ] (theater) a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience

"he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box"

Related terms: platform wing mise_en_scene proscenium theater_stage theater stage_left stage_right
4. [ noun ] (usually "the stage"); the theater as a profession

"an early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage"

Related terms: dramaturgy
5. [ noun ] any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something

"All the world's a stage"--Shakespeare "it set the stage for peaceful negotiations"

Related terms: scene
6. [ noun ] (transportation) a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns
Synonyms: stagecoach

"we went out of town together by stage about ten or twelve miles"

Related terms: coach
7. [ noun ] (transportation) a section or portion of a journey or course
Synonyms: leg

"then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise"

Related terms: travel fare-stage journey
8. [ verb ] (theater) perform (a play), esp. on a stage
Synonyms: present represent

"we are going to stage "Othello"

Related terms: re-create set performing_arts stage_manager
9. [ verb ] plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
Synonyms: arrange bring_about
Related terms: initiate dogfight phase tee_up
10. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 11446
11. [ noun ] a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination
Synonyms: microscope_stage
Related terms: platform
Similar spelling:   stagey