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English definition of “stagger”

stagger

verb (ARRANGE)    /ˈstæɡ.ər/ US  //
[T] to arrange things, especially hours of work, holidays, or events, so that they begin at different times from those of other people: Some countries have staggered school holidays so that holiday resorts do not become overcrowded.Schedules and agendasLists and catalogues [T] If the start of a race is staggered, the competitors start at different times or in different positions.AthleticsCompeting in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting)
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