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1staff/ˈstæf/
British/ˈstɑːf/noun
pluralstaffsorstaves/ˈsteɪvz/
1staff
/ˈstæf/British/ˈstɑːf/
noun
pluralstaffsorstaves/ˈsteɪvz/
Learner's definition of STAFF  
pluralstaffs
 
: a group of people who work for an organization or business
[count]
[noncount]
— see also waitstaff
   b [count] : a group of military officers who help a commanding officer but who do not take part in active fighting
Usage  Staff may be used as a plural noun to mean the members of a staff.
[count] 
pluralstaves
 
old-fashioned : a long stick that you carry in your hand for support while walking
   b : a long stick that is carried as a symbol of authority
[count]music 
pluralstaves
: the five horizontal lines and the spaces between them on which music is written
— called also stave

staff of life

literary
: a basic food
especially 
: bread
2staff/ˈstæf/
British/ˈstɑːf/verb
staffsstaffedstaffing
2staff
/ˈstæf/British/ˈstɑːf/
verb
staffsstaffedstaffing
Learner's definition of STAFF  
[+ object]
: to supply (an organization or business) with workers— often used as (be) staffed
: to work for (an organization or business) as a member of a staff— often used as (be) staffed

— staffing

adjective
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