shortage

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...

There's no shortage of ideas when it comes to improving the education of children.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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.… …   New thesaurus

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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