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staff

noun uk   /stɑːf/ us    /stæf/

staff noun (PEOPLE)

A2 [S, + sing/pl verb] the group of people who work for an organization: There is a good relationship between staff and pupils at the school. The staff are not very happy about the latest pay increase. There are over a hundred staff in the company. He is on (= a member of) the editorial staff of the magazine. [C usually singular] Indian English a person who works for an organization

staff noun (STICK)

[C] formal a long, strong stick held in the hand that is used as a support when walking, as a weapon, or as a symbol of authority [C] formal (also flagstaff) a flagpole

staff noun (MUSIC)

[C] US for stave

staff

verb [T] uk   /stɑːf/ us    /stæf/
to be or provide the people who work for an organization: Many charity shops in Britain are staffed by/with volunteers.
(Definition of staff from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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