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      adj   basic, chief, essential, fundamental, key, main, predominant, primary, principal  
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  ( staples    plural & 3rd person present)   ( stapling    present participle)   ( stapled    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   A staple food, product, or activity is one that is basic and important in people's everyday lives.  
ADJ n  
The Chinese also eat a type of pasta as part of their staple diet..., Staple goods are disappearing from the shops.     
      Staple is also a noun., n-count  
Fish is a staple in the diet of many Africans.     
2       n-count   A staple is something that forms an important part of something else.  
usu N of n  
Political reporting has become a staple of American journalism.     
3       n-count   Staples are small pieces of bent wire that are used mainly for holding sheets of paper together firmly. You put the staples into the paper using a device called a stapler.  
4       verb   If you staple something, you fasten it to something else or fix it in place using staples.  
Staple some sheets of paper together into a book.      V n with adv  
...polythene bags stapled to an illustrated card.      V-ed  

staple gun        ( staple guns    plural  ) A staple gun is a small machine used for forcing staples into wood or brick.      n-count  

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stale, stable, sale, sample

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