What does shortage mean?

Definitions for shortage
ˈʃɔr tɪdʒshort·age

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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

How to pronounce shortage?

  1. Alex
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How to say shortage in sign language?

  1. shortage


  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. Steffen Hertog:

    There's just a shortage of jobs.

  2. Lawrence Yun:

    Housing shortage is still present.

  3. Omar Ayub Khan:

    It will make a significant dent in the gas shortage.

  4. Zhu Chen:

    There's never just one reason behind an urgent shortage.

  5. Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari:

    There is no shortage of humanitarian assistance in Madaya.

Images & Illustrations of shortage

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Translations for shortage

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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