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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Broadway’s biggest night has no shortage of Hollywood stars with names like Bryan Cranston, Adam Driver, Elaine May, and Annette Bening competing for major hardware. Ruth Kinane,, "What to Watch this Weekend: The season premiere of Big Little Lies and the Tony Awards," 7 June 2019 But qualifying for housing takes months, and Los Angeles has a severe shortage of apartment units for poor people; 500 homeless veterans have vouchers but no place to cash them in, authorities said. Gale Holland,, "Why L.A. County’s homelessness crisis has been decades in the making," 5 June 2019 The Ars Technica braintrust of movie fans has no shortage of good, funny, silly, or enjoyably bad kaiju film recommendations. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," 31 May 2019 One thing's for certain: Graham will have no shortage of inspiration to go on. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Design World Is Obsessed with This 11-Year-Old Designer," 21 May 2019 The current queen of Westeros has no shortage of enemies in Westeros, but Arya might be the one with the biggest chip on her shoulder. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Daenerys' Maybe-Green Eyes on Game of Thrones Could Be Key to Her Fate," 2 May 2019 Brides have no shortage of options to consider before turning to resale: There are nationwide chains, boutique salons, and vintage stores, as well as a growing number of direct-to-consumer labels to suss through. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "More Brides Are Buying Used Wedding Dresses Than Ever Before," 1 May 2019 Location: Lafayette, California Price: $4,895,000 The San Francisco bay area has no shortage of acclaimed homes, but the latest to cross our desk is this five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath gem in Lafayette, California. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Hillside modern marvel with pool and views asks $4.9M," 24 Oct. 2018 Virtually every metropolitan area faces a shortage of talent across any number of disciplines. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of shortage

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shortage was in 1868

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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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