Meaning of “staff” in the English Dictionary

"staff" in British English

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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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  • Has the news been communicated to the staff yet?
  • She thanked the staff for their dedication and enthusiasm.
  • We are lacking three members of staff due to illness.
  • Management have offered staff a 3% pay increase.
  • We could take on extra staff - that's one possibility.

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 /stɑːf/ us 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.
a 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.
sales/kitchen/check-in staff
staff shortage/turnover/morale The hours are long, the work is dull, and staff turnover is high.

staffverb [ T ]

uk /stɑːf/ us 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)