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Definition of "shortage" []

  • A deficiency in amount; an insufficiency. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shortage" in a sentence
  • "At traditional Korean eateries, such as the Shinseol ox bone soup restaurant near Seoul City Hall, owner Cheon Hyeon Sook says the shortage is affecting business."
  • "It was a premise, but not one that had to be true because, after all, a shortage is a shortage and the problems were going to turn up some day."
  • "The labour shortage is a big problem in Alberta where the tar sands projects are attracting skilled and non-skilled workers with extremely high salaries."