short·​age | \ ˈshȯr-tij How to pronounce shortage (audio) \

Definition of shortage

Examples of shortage in a Sentence

there was a troubling shortage of supplies for the troops overseas this year
Recent Examples on the Web The current baby formula shortage in the U.S. started with COVID-19 supply chain issues. Fox News, 11 May 2022 La Grange swore in two new firefighter/paramedics Monday night, help to ease a critical shortage in manning. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 Redmond announced the program on Monday, citing the ongoing shortage in cybersecurity personnel. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 9 May 2022 One result of the yearslong slowdown is there isn’t a plentiful supply of the world’s most popular vegetable oil to offset a shortage in cooking oil due because of the war in Ukraine. Jon Emont, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Gianduiotto was originally born out of necessity -- to overcome a cocoa shortage in mainland Europe. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 5 May 2022 The disputes over Gascón’s policies, some say, are to blame for a staffing shortage in the office. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Some nationwide indicators have revealed that one of the consequential impacts of Covid-19 is an acceleration of an already omnipresent skill shortage in growing high demand areas. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Advocates contend the additional clinicians are needed to help address a shortage of doctors in Connecticut that perform abortions as well as prepare for the possible influx of women from out-of-state seeking to have the procedure. Susan Haigh, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shortage

1868, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Shortage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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short·​age | \ ˈshȯr-tij How to pronounce shortage (audio) \

Kids Definition of shortage

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

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