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Definition of staff noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually singular, uncountable, plural] all the workers employed in an organization considered as a group medical staff teaching staff staff members staff development/training a staff meeting a lawyer on the staff of the Worldwide Fund for Nature We have around 100 part-time staff. Topic CollocationsJobsgetting a job look for work look for/apply for/go for a job get/pick up/complete/fill out an application (form) send/e-mail your résumé/CV/application/application form/cover letter be called for/have/attend an interview offer somebody a job/work/employment/a promotion find/get/land a job employ/hire/recruit staff/workers/trainees recruit/appoint a managerdoing a job arrive at/get to/leave work/the office/the factory start/finish work/your shift do/put in/work overtime have/gain/get/lack/need experience/qualifications do/get/have/receive training learn/pick up/improve/develop (your) skills cope with/manage/share/spread/delegate the workload improve your/achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/job securitybuilding a career have a job/work/a career/a vocation find/follow/pursue your vocation enter/go into/join a profession choose/embark on/start/begin/pursue a career change jobs/professions/careers be/go/work freelance do/take on temp work/freelance work do/be engaged in/be involved in volunteer workleaving your job leave/quit/resign from your job give up work/your job/your career hand in your notice/resignation plan to/be due to retire in June/next year, etc. take early retirement
  2. 2[singular] the people who work at a school, college, or university, but who do not teach students students, faculty, and staff
  3. 3[countable] a group of senior army officers who help a commanding officer see also chief of staff, general staff
  4. 4[countable] (old-fashioned or formal) a long stick used as a support when walking or climbing, as a weapon, or as a symbol of authority
  5. 5(also stave) [countable] (music) a set of five lines on which music is written
  6. GrammarstaffStaff (sense 1) can be singular:a staff of ten (= a group of ten people) or plural:I have ten staff working for me. If it is the subject of a verb, this verb can be singular or plural:The staff in this store is/are very helpful.The plural form staffs is less frequent but is sometimes used to refer to more than one group of people:the senator and her staff (singular) senators and their staffs (plural).Idioms
    the staff of life (literary)
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    a basic food, especially bread
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: staff