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English noun: staff

1. staff (group) personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task

SamplesThe hospital has an excellent nursing staff.
The general relied on his staff to make routine decisions.

Broader (hypernym)force, personnel

Narrower (hyponym)general staff, headquarters staff, maintenance staff, newsroom, office, office staff, research staff, sales staff, security staff, service staff

Member holonymstaff member, staffer

2. staff (artifact) a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose

SamplesHe walked with the help of a wooden staff.

Broader (hypernym)stick

Narrower (hyponym)alpenstock, baton, crook, crutch, distaff, flagpole, flagstaff, pikestaff, quarterstaff, shepherd's crook

3. staff (group) the body of teachers and administrators at a school

SamplesThe dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university.


Broader (hypernym)body

Member holonymprof, professor

Member meronymschool

4. staff (substance) building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration

Broader (hypernym)building material

5. staff (communication) a rod carried as a symbol

Broader (hypernym)symbol

Narrower (hyponym)crosier, crozier, mace, scepter, sceptre, tipstaff, verge, wand

6. staff (communication) (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written


Broader (hypernym)musical notation

Part holonymspace, staff line

Domain categorymusic

English verb: staff

1. staff (competition) provide with staff

SamplesThis position is not always staffed.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

Narrower (hyponym)man

2. staff (competition) serve on the staff of

SamplesThe two men staff the reception desk.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)serve

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