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noun     staff pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the people who work for a particular company, organization, or institution

    It is a small hospital with a staff of just over a hundred.

    The staff is not happy about the new arrangement.

    join the staff:

    She joined the staff in 1996.

    full-time/part-time staff:

    The embassy employs around 50 people on its full-time staff.

    a member of the staff:

    Peter became a very valued member of the staff.

    1. b.
      [only before noun] relating to the staff
      a staff shortage:

      They blame staff shortages for the delay.

    2. c.
      the people who do paid work in a place, rather than the other people there
  2. 2
    [countable] music the set of lines on which music is written
  3. 3
    [countable] a long stick used for making walking easier, used mainly in the past
    1. a.
      a flagpole

      at half staff

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