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).

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. Mike Bowen:

    While nurses pleaded for clean masks, American N95 makers were filling their warehouses with N95s that hospitals weren’t buying. Starting today, America’s healthcare workers can and should demand clean, new N95 masks, the N95 mask shortage is over.

  2. Yoram Unguru:

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers are not required to disclose the reason for disrupted supply. Knowing the exact reason for a given shortage is always challenging, it’s really difficult to be able to anticipate and let alone come up with meaningful solutions if you don’t know what the problem is.

  3. Mano Aghali:

    Niger is facing a shortage of vaccines on the international market, we only have 50 percent of what's needed to cover our vaccination targets.

  4. Henry Stern:

    Teachers are the original job creators. The teaching profession is critical to California’s economic success and impacts every vocation and profession in the state, sB 807 addresses the immediate teacher shortage and sends a loud and clear message across the state and nation : California values teachers. We will help train you and we want you to stay in the classroom.

  5. Thomas Lee:

    I think there's no shortage of things people can cite, from the movement in currencies, to the weakness in commodities and fears about China, i think what everyone is looking for is a sign that markets are going to bottom. I don't think it's necessarily going to happen today, but I think we're getting very close.

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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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