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English noun: stage

1. stage (time) any distinct time period in a sequence of events

SamplesWe are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected.


Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

Narrower (hyponym)anal phase, anal stage, apogee, chapter, culmination, diakinesis, diplotene, fertile period, fertile phase, generation, genital phase, genital stage, incubation, latency period, latency phase, latency stage, leptotene, luteal phase, menstrual phase, musth, oral phase, oral stage, pachytene, phallic phase, phallic stage, phase of cell division, safe period, secretory phase, seedtime, zygotene

2. stage (state) a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

SamplesA remarkable degree of frankness.
At what stage are the social sciences?.

Synonymsdegree, level, point

Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)acme, climax, elevation, end point, extent, height, ladder, meridian, peak, pinnacle, plane, quickening, resultant, standard of life, standard of living, state of the art, summit, superlative, tiptop, top, ultimacy, ultimateness

3. stage (artifact) a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience

SamplesHe clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box.

Broader (hypernym)platform

Narrower (hyponym)apron, backstage, downstage, forestage, mise en scene, offstage, proscenium, setting, stage setting, theater stage, theatre stage, wing

Part holonymleft stage, right stage, stage left, stage right, upstage

Part meronymhouse, theater, theatre

4. stage (communication) the theater as a profession (usually `the stage')

SamplesAn early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage.

Broader (hypernym)dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, theater, theatre

5. stage (artifact) a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns

SamplesWe went out of town together by stage about ten or twelve miles.


Broader (hypernym)coach, coach-and-four, four-in-hand

6. stage (act) a section or portion of a journey or course

SamplesThen we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise.


Broader (hypernym)travel, traveling, travelling

Narrower (hyponym)fare-stage

Part meronymjourney, journeying

7. stage (location) any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something

SamplesAll the world's a stage.
It set the stage for peaceful negotiations.

Broader (hypernym)scene

8. stage (artifact) a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination

Synonymsmicroscope stage

Broader (hypernym)platform

English verb: stage

1. stage (creation) perform (a play), especially on a stage

SamplesWe are going to stage `Othello'.

ExamplesDid he stage his major works over a short period of time?

Synonymspresent, represent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)re-create

Narrower (hyponym)localise, localize, place, set

Domain categoryperforming arts

2. stage (creation) plan, organize, and carry out (an event)

SamplesThe neighboring tribe staged an invasion.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)initiate, pioneer

Narrower (hyponym)dogfight, phase, tee up

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