Shortage

  • 1 shortage — short‧age [ˈʆɔːtɪdʒ ǁ ˈʆɔːr ] noun [countable, uncountable] a situation in which there is not enough of something that people need or want: • We suffer from a labor shortage. • The real estate developer is facing an acute cash shortage. shortage… …

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  • 2 Shortage — Short age, n. Amount or extent of deficiency, as determined by some requirement or standard; as, a shortage in money accounts. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 shortage — index absence (omission), dearth, deficiency, deficit, delinquency (shortage), insufficiency, need ( …

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  • 4 shortage — 1868, Amer.Eng., from SHORT (Cf. short) + AGE (Cf. age) …

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  • 5 shortage — The dollar amount below the accountable amount shown on Form 1412 A at the conclusion of a retail vending credit examination …

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  • 6 shortage — [n] deficiency curtailment, dearth, defalcation, deficit, failure, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, lapse, leanness, paucity, pinch, poverty, scantiness, scarcity, shortfall, tightness, underage, want, weakness; concepts 646,709,767 Ant.… …

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  • 7 shortage — ► NOUN ▪ a situation in which something needed cannot be obtained in sufficient amounts …

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  • 8 shortage — ☆ shortage [shôrtij ] n. a deficiency in the quantity or amount needed or expected, or the extent of this; deficit …

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  • 9 shortage — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ acute, chronic, critical, desperate, dire, serious, severe ▪ the current acute shortage of teachers ▪ …

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  • 10 shortage — 01. During a time of war, there is generally a [shortage] of oil, so gasoline is usually rationed. 02. The city often puts restrictions on water use in the summertime in order to prevent [shortages]. 03. There is often a water [shortage] in our… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 11 shortage — short|age [ˈʃo:tıdʒ US ˈʃo:r ] n [U and C] a situation in which there is not enough of something that people need shortage of ▪ a shortage of skilled labour ▪ There is no shortage of funds. water/food/housing etc shortage ▪ efforts to solve the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 shortage — n. 1) an acute shortage 2) a food; housing; labor; teacher shortage; wartime shortages * * * [ ʃɔːtɪdʒ] housing labor teacher shortage wartime shortage<s a food an acuteshortage …

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  • 13 shortage — [[t]ʃɔ͟ː(r)tɪʤ[/t]] ♦♦♦ shortages N VAR: usu with supp, N of n, n N If there is a shortage of something, there is not enough of it. A shortage of funds is preventing the UN from monitoring relief... Vietnam is suffering from food shortage...… …

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  • 14 shortage */*/ — UK [ˈʃɔː(r)tɪdʒ] / US [ˈʃɔrtɪdʒ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms shortage : singular shortage plural shortages a lack of something that you need or want Refugees are facing serious food and fuel shortages. shortage of: a shortage of clean …

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  • 15 Shortage — A situation where demand for a product or service exceeds the available supply. Possible causes of a shortage include miscalculation of demand by a company producing a good or service (i.e., the company can’t produce enough to keep up with… …

    Investment dictionary

  • 16 shortage — / ʃɔ:tɪdʒ/ noun a lack or low availability of something ● a shortage of skilled staff ● We employ part timers to make up for staff shortages. ● The import controls have resulted in the shortage of spare parts. ♦ there is no shortage of investment …

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  • 17 shortage — noun (C, U) a situation in which there is not enough of something that people need (+ of): a shortage of skilled labour | water/gasoline/bread etc shortage: water shortages in the summer …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 shortage — /shawr tij/, n. 1. a deficiency in quantity: a shortage of cash. 2. the amount of such deficiency. [1865 70; SHORT + AGE] Syn. 1. lack, want, scarcity. * * * …

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  • 19 shortage — noun the islanders are accustomed to a shortage of fresh water Syn: scarcity, sparseness, sparsity, dearth, paucity, poverty, insufficiency, deficiency, inadequacy, famine, lack, want, deficit, shortfall, rarity See note at la …

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  • 20 shortage*/ — [ˈʃɔːtɪdʒ] noun [C/U] a lack of something that you need or want Refugees are facing serious food and fuel shortages.[/ex] a shortage of clean water[/ex] …

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