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noun staff pronunciation in American English /stæf/
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singularstaff
pluralstaffs
  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. a.
      the ordinary workers, not the managers

      We need better communication between management and staff.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to the staff

      a staff cafeteria/lounge

      a staff shortage:

      They blame staff shortages for the delay.

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