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stage
noun
1
a a platform on which a performance takes place, especially one in a theatre;
b in compounds stage door stage craft .
2 a any raised area or platform;
b a platform that is used for supporting something, eg in a microscope where it supports a slide;
c a platform, especially one in a greenhouse, for putting plants on;
d a platform that juts out from the land to allow for the transfer of passengers, goods, etc on and off vessels landing stage .
3 the scene of a specified event.
4 any of several distinct and successive periods The project is at the planning stage .
5 (the stage) the theatre as a profession or art form.
6 a a part of a journey or route The last stage of the trip entails a short bus ride ;
b Brit a fare stage.
7 colloq a stagecoach.
verb (staged , staging )
1 to present a performance of (a play).
2 to organize and put on something or set it in motion It was a huge undertaking to stage the festival .
3 to prearrange something to happen in a particular way; to engineer tried to stage her colleague's downfall .
[13c: from French estage storey or tier]
hold the stage to contrive to be the centre of attention.
stage left or right at or on the left- or right-hand side of the stage when looking out at the audience.


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stage directions
plural noun the instructions in a play script that relate to actors' movements, sound and lighting effects, etc.


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stage door
noun the back or side entrance to a theatre that is for the exclusive use of the performers.


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stage fright
noun nervousness felt when about to appear in front of an audience, especially for the first time.


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stage manager
noun someone who supervises the arrangement of scenery and props for a play.


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