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UPSTAGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does upstage mean? 

UPSTAGE (noun)
  The noun UPSTAGE has 1 sense:

1. the rear part of the stage

  Familiarity information: UPSTAGE used as a noun is very rare.


UPSTAGE (adjective)
  The adjective UPSTAGE has 2 senses:

1. of the back half of a stage
2. remote in manner

  Familiarity information: UPSTAGE used as an adjective is rare.


UPSTAGE (verb)
  The verb UPSTAGE has 3 senses:

1. treat snobbishly, put in one's place
2. move upstage, forcing the other actors to turn away from the audience
3. steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else

  Familiarity information: UPSTAGE used as a verb is uncommon.


UPSTAGE (adverb)
  The adverb UPSTAGE has 1 sense:

1. at or toward the rear of the stage

  Familiarity information: UPSTAGE used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


UPSTAGE (noun)


Sense 1upstage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The rear part of the stage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("upstage" is a kind of...):

part; portion (something less than the whole of a human artifact)

Holonyms ("upstage" is a part of...):

stage (a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience)


UPSTAGE (adjective)


Sense 1upstage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the back half of a stage

Context example:

she crossed to the upstage chair forcing the lead to turn his back to the audience

Antonym:

downstage (of the front half of a stage)


Sense 2upstage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remote in manner

Synonyms:

aloof; upstage; distant

Context examples:

stood apart with aloof dignity / a distant smile / he was upstage with strangers

Similar:

reserved (marked by self-restraint and reticence)


UPSTAGE (verb)


Sense 1upstage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Treat snobbishly, put in one's place

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "upstage" is one way to...):

do by; handle; treat (interact in a certain way)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2upstage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move upstage, forcing the other actors to turn away from the audience

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "upstage" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3upstage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

When the dog entered the stage, he upstaged the actress

Hypernyms (to "upstage" is one way to...):

outshine (attract more attention and praise than others)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam cannot upstage Sue


UPSTAGE (adverb)


Sense 1upstage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At or toward the rear of the stage

Context example:

the dancers were directed to move upstage

Domain category:

dramatic art; dramatics; dramaturgy; theater; theatre (the art of writing and producing plays)

Antonym:

downstage (at or toward the front of the stage)


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