- a deficiency in quantity: a shortage of cash.
- the amount of such deficiency.
Origin of shortage
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1. lack, want, scarcity.
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Examples from the Web for shortage
But there is no shortage of great American whiskey on the market.The Cult of Pappy van Winkle
December 3, 2014
A senior Pentagon official agreed that there is a shortage of surveillance planes needed to track down ISIS.Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War
November 18, 2014
There is a shortage of food, there is little aid, and they are in a dire situation.Yazidis Face Genocide by ISIS After U.S. Turns Away
November 4, 2014
In a show with no shortage of great performances, Kitsch stood out.Alright ‘True Detective,’ You Got Me: Taylor Kitsch Is a Woman’s Man
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His brother Sidronio immediately took over, and the Windy City reported no shortage of smack.Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam
October 29, 2014
There was a shortage in every kind of munitions, stores, and equipment.
The difficulty as to its shortage in men was met as soon as War was declared.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
This shortage is a source of solicitude to the Government of the Republic.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
Various reasons were given for the shortage of funds, but two of the teachers.
No wonder there is a shortage in London travelling facilities.
- a deficiency or lack in the amount needed, expected, or due; deficit
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Word Origin and History for shortage
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