What does shortage mean?

Definitions for shortage
ˈʃɔr tɪdʒshort·age

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shortage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deficit, shortage, shortfall(noun)

    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, shortage(noun)

    an acute insufficiency


  1. shortage(Noun)

    a lack or deficiency

  2. shortage(Noun)

    not enough, not sufficient

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shortage(noun)

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

British National Corpus

  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. The CDC:

    It was not the staffing shortage that limited our ability.

  2. Thomas Lee:

    There's no shortage of things people can cite, from the movement in currencies, to the weakness in commodities and fears about China, but at the end of the day if people are trying to take down risk, then it's going to make sense for them to sell their exposure in equities as well.

  3. Saumya Kumarawadu:

    We have to impose power cuts to bridge the shortage, the main reason for the power cut is the government's failure in implementing the planned power plants.

  4. Mike Ryan:

    There also is the issue that we have a massive global shortage, right now the people most at risk from this virus are frontline health workers who are exposed to the virus every second of every day. The thought of them not having masks is horrific.

  5. Paula Bieler:

    It won't be a better future in Sweden, we have tented camps here. It's cold, chilly and snowy in Sweden. There is a shortage of resources both for our own population and for those who come here.

Images & Illustrations of shortage

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Translations for shortage

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  • Mangel, KnappheitGerman
  • έλλειψηGreek
  • falta, carestía, escasezSpanish
  • pula, puuteFinnish
  • pénurie, insuffisance, déficit, défaut, raretéFrench
  • gainne, gainnead, cionScottish Gaelic
  • कमीHindi
  • elégtelenség, hiányHungarian
  • scarsità, carenza, insufficienza, penuria, mancanzaItalian
  • 不足Japanese
  • სიმწირე, უკმარობა, დეფიციტი, ნაკლებობაGeorgian
  • не́достиг, недо́статокMacedonian
  • insuficiência, carência, faltaPortuguese
  • недостаток, недоста́ток, нехва́тка, недоста́точность, дефици́тRussian
  • uhabaSwahili
  • قلتUrdu

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