shortage

noun
short·age | \ˈshȯr-tij \

Definition of shortage 

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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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The Health Administration designates areas with a shortage of health professionals primarily using ratios between health professionals and population numbers. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "California needs more mental health professionals – and the shortage will get worse, experts say," 11 July 2018 Today, with no shortage of uranium, the more complex fast reactors can't compete economically with thermal reactors—although some nuclear experts say breeders will one day be needed. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Congress pushes for multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor that critics call a boondoggle," 3 July 2018 But the subdued reporting in the hard-line media about the water shortage couldn’t have been more different from the triumphalist, anti-Rouhani tone that accompanied the previous protests in the Tehran bazaar. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran protests: why Rouhani's foes are backing off their hard line," 2 July 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning about a shortage of the newest shingles vaccine. CBS News, "CDC warns of shingles vaccine shortage," 29 June 2018 The church also is grappling with a shortage of priests and the challenge of helping immigrant Ukrainians adapt to their new country. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "The archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Philadelphia retires and goes home," 10 June 2018 The morning of the raid, the Ohio Landscape Association wrote on Facebook about a labor shortage affecting the green industry in Ohio and beyond. Samantha Schmidt, courant.com, "‘Utter chaos’: ICE arrests 114 workers in immigration raid at Ohio gardening company," 6 June 2018 Others spoke about the shortage of counselors to identify potential warning signs of violence in students. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Texas governor's school safety plan: Armed marshals, increased law enforcement presence," 30 May 2018 Courier Journal CHICAGO – A year ago Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo came to the NBA combine as a prospect projected as a borderline first-round pick with no shortage of questions. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Hamidou Diallo confident in turning pro despite struggles at Kentucky," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of shortage

1868, in the meaning defined above

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shortage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shortage

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

shortage

noun
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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