short·​age | \ˈshȯr-tij \

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Examples of shortage in a Sentence

there was a troubling shortage of supplies for the troops overseas this year

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But Cuba is facing another year of cash shortages and stagnant growth — unlikely to be much above 1 percent this year, the third in a row of zero to low growth. Andrea Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art," 12 Dec. 2018 That, analysts and business leaders say, raises the possibility of tariffs, worker shortages and long frontier delays, including for sensitive products such as food and medicines. Max Colchester, WSJ, "U.K.’s May Delays Brexit Vote in Face of Broad Opposition," 11 Dec. 2018 Intel admitted to a problem everyone already knew about: a shortage of 14nm CPUs for PCs as the company struggles to transition to a 10nm manufacturing process. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel supply woes could lead to pricier PCs, or a stampede to AMD's Ryzen," 28 Sep. 2018 The goal is to prevent rising sea levels, widespread flooding, massive droughts, food and water shortages and more. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Equinor calls governments, energy sector "too slow" on climate change," 7 June 2018 But grinding food shortages and rampant inflation have put even cereal beyond the purchasing power of most families in the hungry country. Fortune, "Kellogg Is Shutting Down Operations in Venezuela Amid the Economic Crisis," 16 May 2018 There is no shortage of hacks to make your life easier. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "An iPhone Cursor Trick Shared on Twitter Is Blowing People’s Minds," 19 Nov. 2018 The demonstrations have been fueled in large part by pervasive despair caused by the blockade that has caused widespread economic hardship and left the coastal territory with crippling fuel shortages and just a few hours of electricity a day. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Israeli jets strike Gaza terror targets after Hamas launches dozens of rockets," 2 Oct. 2018 But as crude prices have risen, and operators in the Permian have contended with shortages of labor and pipelines, the Eagle Ford has gotten more attention. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Austin-based oil company buys more Eagle Ford Shale acreage," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of shortage

1868, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shortage

: a state in which there is not enough of something that is needed ( chiefly Brit )


short·​age | \ˈshȯr-tij \

Kids Definition of shortage

: a condition in which there is not enough of something needed : deficit a water shortage

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