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1 staff /ˈstæf/ Brit /ˈstɑːf/ noun
plural staffs or staves /ˈsteɪvz/
1 staff
/ˈstæf/ Brit /ˈstɑːf/
noun
plural staffs or staves /ˈsteɪvz/
Learner's definition of STAFF
plural staffs
: a group of people who work for an organization or business
[count]
[noncount]
see also waitstaff
[count] : a group of military officers who help a commanding officer but who do not take part in active fighting
see also chief of staff, joint chiefs of staff
Usage Staff may be used as a plural noun to mean the members of a staff.
[count] plural staves
old-fashioned : a long stick that you carry in your hand for support while walking
: a long stick that is carried as a symbol of authority
[count] music plural staves : 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
2 staff /ˈstæf/ Brit /ˈstɑːf/ verb
staffs; staffed; staffing
2 staff
/ˈstæf/ Brit /ˈstɑːf/
verb
staffs; staffed; staffing
Learner's definition of STAFF
[+ object]
: to supply (an organization or business) with workers
often used as (be) staffed
see also overstaffed, short-staffed, understaffed
: to work for (an organization or business) as a member of a staff often used as (be) staffed

— staffing

adjective
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