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"staple" in American English

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staplenoun [C]

us   /ˈsteɪ·pəl/
  • staple noun [C] (WIRE)

a short, thin, U-shaped piece of wire with ends that bend to fasten sheets of paper together: Put a staple in the upper left-hand corner.
A staple is also a small, thick, U-shaped piece of metal with sharp ends that is hammered into a surface to hold something in place.
  • staple noun [C] (BASIC ITEM)

a basic food, or a main product or material: Because of the storm, most stores were low on staples such as bread and milk. Scandals are a newspaper staple.

stapleadjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈsteɪ·pəl/
basic or main: staple foods

stapleverb [T]

us   /ˈsteɪ·pəl/
  • staple verb [T] (USE WIRE)

to use a staple to fasten sheets of paper together: Please staple the reports together.
(Definition of staple from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"staple" in British English

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staplenoun [C]

uk   /ˈsteɪ.pəl/ us   /ˈsteɪ.pəl/

stapleadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈsteɪ.pəl/ us   /ˈsteɪ.pəl/

stapleverb [T]

uk   /ˈsteɪ.pəl/ us   /ˈsteɪ.pəl/
(Definition of staple from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"staple" in Business English

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staplenoun [C]

uk   /ˈsteɪpl/ us  
WORKPLACE a short thin piece of wire used to fasten pieces of paper together. It has sharp ends that are pushed through the paper and then bent flat by a special tool called a stapler.
ECONOMICS, COMMERCE the main product of a country, whose trade is important for the country's economy: Sugar has been the staple of Cuba's economy for centuries.
COMMERCE a main or important product that people eat or use regularly: food/household/supermarket staples The giant retailer reported strong sales of household staples like groceries.
COMMERCE a company or industry that manufactures and sells important products and services that people eat or use regularly: So-called safe areas in the stock market continue to be consumer staples and drug companies. Millions of people daily use internet staples such as Google and Amazon.
a main or important part of something: Once a staple of men's business wardrobes, the suit is becoming more rare.

stapleadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈsteɪpl/ us  
basic, main, or standard: staple crop/food/product

stapleverb [T]

uk   /ˈsteɪpl/ us   WORKPLACE
to fasten pieces of paper together using staples: staple sth to sth The list can then be stapled to each batch of invoices.staple sth together She stapled the two documents together.
(Definition of staple from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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