a. One who stages: a stager of pageants; a stager of protests.
b. One who prepares a house for sale, as by coordinating changes to its decoration or furnishings.
a. Archaic An actor.
b. A person of great experience: “We were … like two old stagers sharing a doom” (Steven Polansky).
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