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definition 1:  a platform upon which lectures, music, or theatrical productions are performed.
example:  In the first scene of the play, there are only two actors on the stage.

definition 2:  the profession of acting in the theater (preceded by “the”).
example:  The stage had been her life, and adjusting to retirement was difficult.

definition 3:  a period or phase in the progression or development of something.
example:  Back pain is not uncommon in the final stage of pregnancy.
example:  Adolescence is a stage between childhood and adulthood.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to perform or exhibit on or as on a stage.
example:  The repertory theater group will be staging two plays by Shakespeare this year.
example:  The playwright was delighted that the producer finally agreed to stage her play.

definition 2:  to cause to take place, as an event or performance for public viewing.
example:  Animal rights activists will be staging a demonstration outside the research facility on Saturday.

definition 3:  to present (something) to others in order to create a particular impression or illusion.
example:  The friendly handshake between the two leaders was staged for the photograph.
example:  The movement of the tanks was staged to fool the enemy; in fact, the tanks were not even real.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the noun stage (definition 3)

ADJECTIVE + stage:    final ~ , advanced ~ , later ~ , terminal ~ , intermediate ~ , initial ~ ,  early ~ , preliminary ~ , introductory ~ , transitional ~ , successive ~ , developmental ~ , formative ~ , primitive ~