[[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)stɑ͟ːft, -stæ̱ft[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ
If an organization is understaffed, it does not have enough employees to do its work properly.

Many institutions offering child care are understaffed and underequipped.

...an understaffed police force.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • understaffed — un‧der‧staffed [ˌʌndəˈstɑːft◂ ǁ ˌʌndərˈstæft◂] adjective HUMAN RESOURCES a company, organization etc that is understaffed has fewer people working for it than it really needs: • The factory inspectorate is seriously understaffed at the moment.… …   Financial and business terms

  • understaffed — [un΄dər staft′] adj. having too small a staff; having insufficient personnel …   English World dictionary

  • understaffed — Underhanded Un der*hand ed, a. 1. Underhand; clandestine. [1913 Webster] 2. Insufficiently provided with hands or workers; short handed; sparsely populated; obsolete in this sense, {short handed} or {understaffed} being the preferrred term. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • understaffed — /un deuhr staft , stahft /, adj. having an insufficient number of personnel: The hospital is understaffed. [1890 95; UNDER + STAFF1 + ED3] * * * …   Universalium

  • understaffed — adjective Date: 1891 inadequately staffed • understaffing noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • understaffed — adjective having an inadequate number of workers or assistants Syn: short handed, short staffed, undermanned …   Wiktionary

  • understaffed — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. shorthanded, undermanned …   English dictionary for students

  • understaffed — un|der|staffed [ˌʌndəˈsta:ft US ˌʌndərˈstæft] adj not having enough workers, or fewer workers than usual …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • understaffed — un|der|staffed [ ,ʌndər stæft ] adjective not having enough workers to do a job quickly or effectively: UNDERMANNED …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • understaffed — adj. inadequately staffed, undermanned, not having enough employees …   English contemporary dictionary

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