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staff1

 
 
pronunciation:
staef
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
inflections: staffs, staves
definition 1: a pole or rod often used as an aid in walking or hiking; walking stick.
The old man walked with a tall wooden staff.
synonyms:
cane, stick, walking stick
similar words:
rod
definition 2: a pole from which a flag or banner is hung; flagstaff.
The flag was lowered to a position halfway down the staff.
synonyms:
flagpole, flagstaff
definition 3: an ornate rod symbolizing the authority of office.
The painting shows the pope holding his staff.
synonyms:
baton, mace, scepter, truncheon, verge, wand
similar words:
rod
definition 4: a team of assistants who aid a leader or executive.
The president makes few decisions without consulting his staff.When did you join the general's staff?
similar words:
help, office
definition 5: a group or team that works together or is formed to carry out a particular function.
The office staff have a day off today.The catering staff finished clearing up after ten o'clock.As manager, I've been very pleased to have you on my staff.
 
synonyms:
committee, crew, outfit, squad, team
similar words:
help
definition 6: the set of five horizontal lines and resulting four empty spaces on which musical notation is written.
Middle C is written below the staff.
synonyms:
stave
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or pertaining to a group of professional persons working within an organization.
She's a staff writer for a software magazine.They're both staff nurses at the local hospital.
definition 2: relating to personnel in the military or other organization.
Her husband is now a staff officer.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: staffed, staffing, staffs
definition: to provide with a group of paid or volunteer employees.
They staffed the event with volunteers from their church.
similar words:
man, outfit
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