What does shortage mean?

Definitions for shortage
ˈʃɔr tɪdʒshort·age

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deficit, shortage, shortfallnoun

    the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required

    "new blood vessels bud out from the already dilated vascular bed to make up the nutritional deficit"

  2. dearth, famine, shortagenoun

    an acute insufficiency


  1. shortagenoun

    a lack or deficiency

  2. shortagenoun

    not enough, not sufficient


  1. Shortage

    In economics, a shortage or excess demand is a situation in which the demand for a product or service exceeds its supply in a market. It is the opposite of an excess supply (surplus).


  1. shortage

    A shortage is a situation where the demand for a product, service, or resource exceeds the supply available. This can occur in various economic sectors or situations, leading to increased prices or unmet consumer needs. It can be temporary or long-term, and often requires strategies or interventions to resolve.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shortagenoun

    amount or extent of deficiency, as determined by some requirement or standard; as, a shortage in money accounts

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shortage' in Nouns Frequency: #1750

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shortage in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shortage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of shortage in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Stoesz:

    I don't know if we're going to be able to handle the increase, there is already a healthcare worker shortage and we've been struggling with that since the beginning of the pandemic. That hasn't gone away.

  2. Dan Ives:

    While there are many competitors in the EV space, Tesla continues to dominate market share as evidenced again this quarter while battling through the chip shortage.

  3. Michael Bernardo:

    Currently our projections show that we're gon na end this calendar year around elevation 1,065 [ feet above sea level ] — that's about 10 feet below the level one shortage trigger, so we are anticipating the lower basin to be the first ever shortage condition in history.

  4. Stuart Cole:

    Whatever you raise interest rates to in the UK, it is not going to have a material impact on the price of gas or oil, because there is a genuine shortage, so if you’re a producer, it is happy days.

  5. Mai Shi:

    We have warehouses on both East and West Coast, so our shortage compared to other boba brands is way less significant, however, we definitely see a trend that the demand for the entire bubble tea category is ever increasing as people want fresh, made-to-order drinks.

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  • Mangel, KnappheitGerman
  • έλλειψηGreek
  • escasez, falta, carestíaSpanish
  • pula, puuteFinnish
  • rareté, pénurie, insuffisance, défaut, déficitFrench
  • gainne, cion, gainneadScottish Gaelic
  • कमीHindi
  • hiány, elégtelenségHungarian
  • mancanza, carenza, penuria, insufficienza, scarsitàItalian
  • 不足Japanese
  • უკმარობა, ნაკლებობა, დეფიციტი, სიმწირეGeorgian
  • не́достиг, недо́статокMacedonian
  • insuficiência, carência, faltaPortuguese
  • дефици́т, недостаток, недоста́точность, нехва́тка, недоста́токRussian
  • uhabaSwahili
  • قلتUrdu

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