1 period/state in progress/development

The process has three distinct stages.

beginning, early, initial, opening, preliminary
advanced, closing, final, last, late, latter, terminal

Her husband was in the advanced stages of cancer.

halfway (esp. BrE), intermediate, secondary
first, second, etc.
critical, crucial, formative, important, key, main

a young entertainer at the formative stages of his career

delicate, vulnerable

the different life stages of insects and fish

growth, reproductive
adult, embryonic, juvenile, larval, mature, pupal
experimental, exploratory, testing
committee (BrE, politics), design, development, developmental, formative, planning

The project is still at the planning stage.

knockout (esp. BrE)

Colombia's win sent them through to the knockout stage of the tournament.

quarter-final, semi-final, etc. (esp. BrE)
go through, move through, pass through

The water goes through three stages of purification.

enter, reach

We've entered a crucial stage in the project.

mark, represent

This adaptation represented an important stage in human evolution.

at a/the stage

You should read this article at some stage.

by stages

a process that by stages led to the Cold War

during a/the stage, in a/the stage

in the early stages of the job

in stages

We renovated the house in two stages.

stage in

an important stage in her life

stage of

the latter stages of the race

the beginning of a stage, the end of a stage

Students are tested at the end of each stage of the course.

a stage further, one stage further

take the investigation one stage further

a stage of development, a stage of life
2 in a theatre/theater, etc.
centre/center (often figurative)

A new actress will take centre/center stage in next month's production of ‘The Doll's House’.

He was always unwilling to take centre/center stage.


They played the main stage at Glastonbury.


A group of tables were converted into a makeshift stage.


David Bowie returned to the concert stage last week.

political (figurative)

Gore has stepped back onto the political stage.

global, international, national, world (all figurative)

China is now a major player on the world stage.

go on, hit (informal), step on, step onto, take, take to

She was too nervous to go on stage.

I was shaking as I took the stage.

She took to the stage when she was at college.

stand on
jump off, leave, step off

She left the stage to tumultuous applause.

jump on, jump onto

A fan jumped up onto the stage.

return to

He once shared the stage with Frank Sinatra.


She is one of the finest actors ever to grace the stage.

set (often figurative)

The thrilling semi-finals set the stage for what should be a great game.

boo sb off

She was booed off the stage.

musical, play, production, show, work

Stravinsky's last stage work

adaptation, version

the stage version of ‘The Lion King’

appearance, performance, role

It was hard to forget her powerful stage presence.


His stage persona was that of a foolish drunk.


He adopted the stage name Dixon Hare when he became a full-time actor.

career, debut

She made her stage debut at the age of four.

I began my stage career at the age of ten.

lighting, lights

The stage set is the most expensive ever built.


Fans hung around the stage door hoping to meet the band.

actor, crew, director, manager, etc.

As the stage directions indicate, it is early morning in Moscow.

Shakespeare's famous stage direction: ‘Exit, pursued by a bear.’

left, right

Even experienced actors can suffer from stage fright.


‘She's pregnant!’ he said in a stage whisper.

the back of the stage, the edge of the stage, the front of the stage, the side of the stage

The event was very carefully staged.


an elaborately staged drama

well staged

The action scenes are all well staged.

Stage is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ballet, ↑adaptation, ↑ambush, ↑comeback, ↑competition, ↑concert, ↑coup, ↑demonstration, ↑drama, ↑event, ↑exhibition, ↑final, ↑fixture, ↑march, ↑mutiny, ↑parade, ↑performance, ↑protest, ↑raid, ↑rally, ↑rebellion, ↑reconstruction, ↑recovery, ↑reunion, ↑revival, ↑revolt, ↑revolution, ↑scene, ↑stoppage, ↑strike, ↑stunt, ↑uprising, ↑version

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