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

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. Tony Estremera:

    We can't afford to wait to act as our water supplies are being threatened locally and across Northern California, to better deal with these threats and the emergency they are causing, today my fellow Board Members and I unanimously declared a water shortage emergency condition in Santa Clara County.

  2. Andrew Herdman:

    There is not so much a shortage of pilots as a rising cost of attracting and retaining the pilots you need, particularly the experienced ones, there is a bidding war going on.

  3. Steffen Hertog:

    Government hiring has slowed down due to austerity measures, while at the same time the private sector has started to stagnate, there's just a shortage of jobs.

  4. Paulo Henrique Fraccaro:

    There will not be any shortage of syringes for the vaccines that will arrive in the country.

  5. Doug Larson:

    If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.

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Translations for shortage

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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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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. naiant
    • B. lank
    • C. usurious
    • D. commensal

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