Definition of “stagger” - English Dictionary

“stagger” in British English

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uk /ˈstæɡ.ər/ us /ˈstæɡ.ɚ/

stagger verb (ARRANGE)

[ 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.

[ T ] If the start of a race is staggered, the competitors start at different times or in different positions.

staggernoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈstæɡ.ər/ us /ˈstæɡ.ɚ/

(Definition of “stagger” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“stagger” in American English

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us /ˈstæɡ·ər/

stagger verb (MOVE)

[ I/T ] to walk or move awkwardly, as if you have lost your balance, or to cause someone to move awkwardly or to lose his or her balance:

[ T ] When he hit his head on a shelf, it momentarily staggered him.
[ I ] She staggered out of bed to answer the phone.

stagger verb (ARRANGE)

[ T ] to arrange events or schedules so that they happen at different times, or to arrange objects so they are not regular:

The clinics will try to stagger vaccination times to minimize waits and confusion.

(Definition of “stagger” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“stagger” in Business English

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staggerverb [ T ]

uk /ˈstæɡər/ us

to arrange for things like holidays, working hours, or payments to happen at different times so that they are easier to manage:

Utilities companies will allow customers to stagger payments when they have bills they cannot pay.
Over half of American firms stagger the election of board members, so that the whole board is not replaced at once.

(Definition of “stagger” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)