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shortage

[shawr-tij]
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noun
  1. a deficiency in quantity: a shortage of cash.
  2. the amount of such deficiency.
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Origin of shortage

First recorded in 1865–70; short + -age
Related formspre·short·age, noun

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Related Words for shortage

weakness, lack, dearth, failure, poverty, deficit, scarcity, shortfall, lapse, inadequacy, paucity, scantiness, insufficiency, curtailment, want, pinch, leanness, defalcation, underage

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British Dictionary definitions for shortage

shortage

noun
  1. a deficiency or lack in the amount needed, expected, or due; deficit
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Word Origin and History for shortage

n.

1862, American English, from short + -age.

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shortage in Culture

shortage

A condition that exists when demand exceeds supply because of a lack of equilibrium in a market. If a price is artificially low, buyers want to buy more of a good than sellers are willing to sell. (Compare surplus.)

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