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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There has been no shortage of eight-figure sales this year, but the high-end market has cooled a bit compared with 2018. Jack Flemming,, "Hot Property: Rocker Lindsey Buckingham takes a bow in Brentwood," 13 July 2019 There's no shortage of stories about Johnson, from lurid allegations about his personal life, including affairs, to being sacked from an early journalism job for fabricating a quote. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson, the divisive Brexit-backing populist or the charming liberal metropolitan? UK has no idea which leader it'll get," 13 July 2019 Rest assured, there was no shortage of that in New Orleans this weekend. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Shirtless Men Plus ESSENCE Festival Equaled Pure Heaven For The Ladies," 11 July 2019 And there is no shortage of Shark Week merch to stock up on ahead of July 28. Kelli Bender,, "Everything You Need to Know About Shark Week 2019," 11 July 2019 There appears to be no shortage of people eager to jump on a plane. David Koenig,, "Delta gets lift from strong demand while rivals that fly Boeing 737 Max forced to cancel thousands of flights," 11 July 2019 There is no shortage of greenery; rainbow eucalyptus trees surround the area and give off the illusion that guests are far from city life. Catie Wegman,, "Picture perfect: 12 South Florida spots that are sure to make you Instagram famous," 9 July 2019 At last week’s haute joaillerie showings, there was no shortage of moneyed clients reserving the one-of-a-kind jewels that represent the ne plus ultra of a luxury house’s artistry and handcraftsmanship. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Latest Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Paris High-Jewelry Collections," 8 July 2019 Fredrick Law Olmsted used the Louisville area as his canvas, so there is no shortage of beautiful parks and great hiking spots inside the metro core — Cherokee Park, Iroquois Park and Seneca Park, just to name a few. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Take a break from the city with these 5 hiking spots within 50 miles of Louisville," 8 July 2019

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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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