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"staff" in British English

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staffnoun

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

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staffverb [T]

uk   /stɑːf/  us   /stæf/
(Definition of staff from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"staff" in American English

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staffnoun [C]

 us   /stæf/
  • staff noun [C] (PEOPLE)

a group of people who work for an organization, often for a special purpose, or who work for a manager within an organization: The coaching staff felt we needed more defense. She joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution in 1954.
  • staff noun [C] (MUSIC)

music (also stave,  /steɪv/ ) the five lines and four spaces between them on which musical notes are written

staffverb [T]

 us   /stæf/
  • staff verb [T] (SUPPLY WITH PEOPLE)

to supply an organization with a staff: The after-school program is staffed entirely by volunteers.
(Definition of staff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"staff" in Business English

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staffnoun [S or U]

uk   us   /stɑːf/ HR, WORKPLACE
all the people who work for a particular company or organization, or in a particular place: The company prides itself on the training programmes it provides for its staff. Staff are expected to move to the new building later this year. employ/hire/recruit staffa staff of 5/50, etc. They employ a core staff of 25 full-time employees.a member of staff/staff member As a result of our investigations, two members of staff have now left the organization. experienced/professional/trained staff full-time/part-time staff permanent/temporary staff clerical/office staff sales/kitchen/check-in staffstaff shortage/turnover/morale The hours are long, the work is dull, and staff turnover is high.

staffverb [T]

uk   us   /stɑːf/ HR, WORKPLACE
to provide workers for a particular organization: We are looking for up to 50 bilingual people to staff the call center.be staffed by/with The law centre is staffed by professional lawyers and advisers.
(Definition of staff from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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