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noun staff pronunciation in British English /stɑːf/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the people who work for a particular company, organization, or institution: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
    It is a small hospital with a staff of just over a hundred.
    The staff are not happy about the new arrangement.
    full-time/part-time staff: The embassy employs around 50 people on its full-time staff.
    join the staff: She joined the staff in 1996.
    a member of staff: Peter became a very valued member of staff.
    1. a.
      the ordinary workers, not the managers: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
      We need better communication between management and staff.
    2. b.
      the people who do paid work in a place, rather than the other people there: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
      Staff and residents enjoyed the show.
      recreational facilities for students and staff
    3. c.
      [only before noun] relating to the staff
      a staff restaurant/canteen
      a staff shortage: They blame staff shortages for the delay.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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