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1staple/ˈsteɪpəl/noun
pluralstaples
1staple
/ˈsteɪpəl/
noun
pluralstaples
Learner's definition of STAPLE  
[count]
: a piece of metal or wire in the shape of a U that is used for attaching things: such as
: a short, thin wire that goes through papers and is bent over at the ends to hold the papers together or that goes through a piece of paper, a photograph, etc., to attach it to a surface
— see also stapler
   b  : a piece of metal or thick wire that is pushed into a surface to hold or attach something (such as rope or wire)
— see also staple gun
— compare 3staple
2staple/ˈsteɪpəl/verb
staplesstapledstapling
2staple
/ˈsteɪpəl/
verb
staplesstapledstapling
Learner's definition of STAPLE  
[+ object]
: to attach (something) with staples — often + to or together
3staple/ˈsteɪpəl/noun
pluralstaples
3staple
/ˈsteɪpəl/
noun
pluralstaples
Learner's definition of STAPLE  
[count]
: an important food that is eaten very often
: the main product of a country, area, company, etc.
: something that is used widely and often — often + of
— compare 1staple
4staple/ˈsteɪpəl/adjective
4staple
/ˈsteɪpəl/
adjective
Learner's definition of STAPLE  
always used before a noun
: used, needed, or enjoyed constantly by many people
— see also staple diet
: produced regularly or in large quantities
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