Definition of center stage in English:

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center stage

Pronunciation: /ˈˌsen(t)ər ˈˌstāj/


[in singular]
1The center of a stage.
Example sentences
  • She was at center stage making her curtain call.
  • As each of four sets is pushed to centre stage, the garden's usurpation of the kitchen is delightfully revealed.
  • So courtiers, listening to an amazing tale, sit down on the ground across center stage in a row, the talebearer getting down similarly opposite the front man in the lineup.
1.1The most prominent position: oil remains at center stage, with demands for expanded drilling
More example sentences
  • Taking centre stage at yesterday's press conference was Paul Burke who will start at out half in place of the injured Ronan O'Gara.
  • Taking centre stage over the two days is an array of tall ships from all over the world.
  • A fairhaven schoolboy got his hands on one of the most famous pieces of silverware in football this week - and he'll be taking centre stage before 80,000 people at a major final next year.


1At or toward the middle of a stage: at the play’s opening she stands center stage
More example sentences
  • He stands centre stage, raising his arms like a talented preacher.
  • Regardless of what was happening centre stage, I was continually drawn to watch this character and to Mr. Poynder's unfaltering interpretation.
  • She strides center stage, cheeks sagging with woe, and reads from a note card - great tragedy, brilliant talent, unrecoverable loss.
1.1In or toward a prominent position: Asian countries have moved center stage for world business
More example sentences
  • Supply chain management has moved center stage largely because of globalization.
  • The prospect of "green" data centers has moved center stage.
  • The city's seedy side has moved center stage.
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