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.
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.
definition 1: to form (a written work or list) by bringing together pieces of information, articles, documents, or the like.
example: They’re compiling a recipe book, so they’ve asked each of us to submit one of our favorite recipes.
example: The agency thinks he’s a spy and has compiled a dossier on him.
example: The publisher is compiling a glossary to accompany the textbook.
definition 2: to gather together; collect.
example: Our research team has been compiling data on population shifts for several years now.
definition: an impediment to the success or desirability of something; negative feature; flaw.
example: It’s a great job offer, but the drawback is that I would have to travel a lot.
example: The main drawback of the plan is how long it would take to complete.
example: One drawback to the proposed location is that there is little space outside for parking.
definition 1: one of the separate closed pieces of a chain.
example: If one link breaks, the whole chain is useless.
definition 2: any bond or connection.
example: The detective looked for any possible link between the victim and the suspect.
example: I don’t see any link between this paragraph and the next.
definition: to join or unite by a link or connection.
example: The railroad now links the two towns.
example: My memories of that time are always linked with memories of him.
definition 1: an activity that is habitual or customary.
example: It was never my practice to get up early in the mornings.
example: Giving store credit but no refunds is their usual business practice.
example: You shouldn’t make a practice of borrowing money.
definition 2: repeated performance in order to become skillful.
example: With a little more practice, you’ll be able to play it perfectly.
definition 3: the act or process of carrying out a thing.
example: Changing the school lunch program hadn’t seemed too difficult in theory, but in practice many problems arose.
definition 4: the pursuit of an occupation or profession.
example: She decided early on to enter the practice of medicine.
example: Tired of the practice of law, he decided to change careers.