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Meaning of “staff” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​latestpayincrease. 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/
to be or ​provide the ​people who ​work for an ​organization: Many ​charityshops in ​Britain are staffed by/withvolunteers.
(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 ​specialpurpose, 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 ​musicalnotes 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 ​trainingprogrammes 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-timeemployees.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 ​provideworkers for a particular ​organization: We are looking for up to 50 bilingual ​people to staff the ​callcenter.be staffed by/with The ​lawcentre is staffed by ​professionallawyers and ​advisers.
(Definition of staff from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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