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

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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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Child Protective Services has rarely taken custody of homeless adolescents, triaging its resources for younger, more vulnerable children amid a shortage of foster homes, according to lawyers and advocates. Allegra Abramo, The Seattle Times, "Youth often become homeless just after leaving juvenile detention. Can Washington state really stop it?," 29 Mar. 2019 Critics say Wirapol is an extreme example of a wider crisis in Thai Buddhism, which has become marginalized by a shortage of monks and an increasingly secular society. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Fox News, "Thai monk who flew in high style gets prison for fraud," 9 Aug. 2018 Her exact animal-print dress may be unavailable, but there's no shortage of similar items out there. Glamour, "Taylor Swift Wore Animal Print to the Cats Wrap Party, Because of Course She Did," 2 Apr. 2019 Park City, Utah Park City Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in the U.S., so there's no shortage of options for skiers of all levels. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "8 Great Places to Learn How to Ski If You've Never Been," 16 Feb. 2019 The 2019 Golden Globes provided us with no shortage of fashionable, powerful, and historical Hollywood moments, but as Sandra Oh proved during her opening monologue, Lady Gaga continues to be a source of meme — and life — inspiration. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Screamed "It's True" After Sandra Oh Mocked Her "A Star Is Born" Meme at Golden Globes 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 Some are straight-up horror-comedies—with no shortage of thrills. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 2018 The film is a confident debut from two writers and a director with no shortage of things to say and a strong voice to say them in. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Blindspotting is the rare buddy comedy that tackles social issues. It works.," 19 July 2018 In a family with no shortage of achievers — one sister is a writer, the other an artist; one brother is a newspaper editor, another is an actor — Mrs. Phillips charted her own course. Bryan Marquard,, "Jenny Phillips, writer and award-winning filmmaker, dies at 76," 13 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


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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