short·​fall ˈshȯrt-ˌfȯl How to pronounce shortfall (audio)
: a failure to come up to expectation or need
a budget shortfall
also : the amount of such failure
a $2 million shortfall

Example Sentences

a shortfall in milk production
Recent Examples on the Web Traders rushed to withdraw from FTX, causing the company to have a $8 billion shortfall. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2023 Left it with an 8 billion shortfall, and that caused huge losses for investors. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2023 Sawicky was alluding to FTX’s recent bankruptcy amid an $8 billion shortfall. Dallas News, 16 Dec. 2022 Bankman-Fried had been set to testify before the House Financial Services Committee about the sudden implosion of FTX, once the world's second largest crypto firm, which caused a run on deposits that exposed an $8 billion shortfall in its accounts. Harold Maass, The Week, 13 Dec. 2022 Investors were wiped out, there’s an unexplained $8 billion shortfall on the balance sheet, and the exchange still owes its top 50 creditors $3.1 billion. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 30 Nov. 2022 The crypto world suffered a major blow last week when FTX Trading declared bankruptcy amid a $8 billion shortfall. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 18 Nov. 2022 Ray took over from former CEO and co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried, known as SBF, to try and recover some of the company’s reported $8 billion shortfall. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 17 Nov. 2022 Those investigations began last week after a run on deposits left FTX with an $8 billion shortfall. David Yaffe-bellany,, 15 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shortfall was in 1895

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“Shortfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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