- [[t]steɪdʒ[/t]]n. v. staged, stag•ing1) a phase, degree, or step in a process, development, or series2) a raised platform or floor, as for speakers or performers3) sbza) the platform on which the actors perform in a theaterb) this platform with all the parts of the theater and all the apparatus back of the proscenium4) sbz the stage, the theater, esp. acting, as a profession5) mot sbzsound stage6) the scene of any action7) trs a stagecoach8) a place of rest on a journey, esp. a regular stopping place of a stagecoach9) the distance between two places of rest on a journey10) a portion or period of a course of action or of life:the pupal stage of an insect[/ex]11) gel a division of stratified rocks corresponding to a single geologic age12) opt the small platform of a microscope on which the object to be examined is placed13) rtv elo an element or functional unit of an electronic system, as a circuit containing a section of one of the tubes or transistors of an amplifier14) rkt a section of a rocket containing one or more engines, usu. designed to separate after burnout15) sbz to represent, produce, or exhibit on or as if on a stage:to stage a play[/ex]16) sbz to furnish with a stage, staging, stage set, etc17) sbz to set (a play) in a specified locale or time18) to plan, organize, or carry out, esp. for public or dramatic effect:Workers staged a one-day strike[/ex]19) med to classify the natural progression of (a disease, esp. cancer)•Etymology: 1250–1300; ME (n.) < OF estage < VL *staticum standing place =stat(us), ptp. ofstāreto stand+-icum, neut. of -icus -ic stage′a•ble, adj.
From formal English to slang. 2014.