upstage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

up +‎ stage

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

upstage (uncountable)

  1. The part of a stage that is farthest from the audience or camera.

Coordinate terms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

upstage (comparative more upstage, superlative most upstage)

  1. toward or at the rear of a theatrical stage.
    The actor turned and walked upstage.
  2. away from a motion-picture or television camera.

Adjective[edit]

upstage (comparative more upstage, superlative most upstage)

  1. At the rear of a stage.
    The minimalist play used no upstage scenery.

Verb[edit]

upstage (third-person singular simple present upstages, present participle upstaging, simple past and past participle upstaged)

  1. (transitive) To draw attention away from others, especially on-stage.
    She only wore that dress to upstage everyone.
  2. (transitive) To force other actors to face away from the audience by staying upstage.
  3. (transitive) To treat snobbishly.
  4. (medicine) (transitive) To restage (cancer) to a higher stage than that found at last assessment (compare downstage)

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