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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This year, there’s a shortage because of heavy rainfall, but the mild, fruity-tasting peppers are still available in farmers markets and grocery stores around the region. Los Angeles Times, "Hatch chiles are here! They’re tastiest in our top 5 Hatch chile recipes," 23 Aug. 2019 There’s no shortage of other story angles around the 10-team league. Nick Moyle,, "Big 12 looking like three-team race in 2019," 17 Aug. 2019 There’s no shortage of drama for Bachelor nation, even off the TV screen. Eric Todisco,, "Bachelor in Paradise's Demi Burnett Claps Back at Tanner Tolbert for Comparing Her to Jed Wyatt," 15 Aug. 2019 There’s a shortage of primary care doctors in all but a handful of Alabama counties and throughout rural parts of the state. Mike Cason |, al, "Providers want to find and stamp out HIV in rural Alabama," 12 Aug. 2019 But there’s no shortage of interest the 4,235-square foot home. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "A Waco Realtor Reveals the Big Problem with Selling Fixer Upper Houses," 5 Aug. 2019 Additionally, there’s no shortage of mound presence with the southpaw. Julian Mcwilliams,, "Red Sox hoping Darwinzon Hernandez can provide relief," 1 Aug. 2019 Some are more feasible than others, but there’s no shortage of creativity. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Why bitcoin needs a new symbol," 1 Aug. 2019 Instead of paying for movies, music and books, there’s no shortage of high-quality, legal and completely free media to consume at home or on the go. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Ways to save money with tech: An assortment of apps and some products shine light on savings," 31 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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