shortfall

noun
short·fall | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌfȯl \

Definition of shortfall 

: a failure to come up to expectation or need a budget shortfall also : the amount of such failure a $2 million shortfall

Examples of shortfall in a Sentence

a shortfall in milk production

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The records for the first time reveal frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. Jordan Rau, Washington Post, "‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records," 13 July 2018 The records for the first time reveal frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. Jordan Rau, sandiegouniontribune.com, "‘It’s almost like a ghost town.’ Most nursing homes overstated staffing for years," 11 July 2018 The records for the first time reveal frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. Jordan Rau, New York Times, "‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years," 7 July 2018 The records for the first time reveal frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. Jordan Rau, BostonGlobe.com, "Nursing homes routinely mask low staff levels," 7 July 2018 Cobb commissioners have yet to come up with a concrete plan to deal with the shortfall, but cuts to services and millage rate increases have both been considered. Alexander Soderstrom, ajc, "Five things to know about Cobb’s budget and the Braves stadium," 15 June 2018 Nielsen has faced the same staffing shortfalls that have afflicted other agencies under Trump, but in the past two months, DHS has filled 10 senior staff-level positions, an official at the agency said. Josh Dawsey, courant.com, "'We're closed!': Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018 The trouble is that the countries with the biggest demographic shortfalls are often the most opposed to immigration. The Economist, "Many countries suffer from shrinking working-age populations," 5 May 2018 The layoffs announcement comes after HISD's ongoing budget issues came to a head with a $115 million budget shortfall, according to an earlier Houston Chronicle report. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston ISD teachers, staff on chopping block as layoffs announced," 27 Apr. 2018

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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shortfall

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shortfall

: a failure to get what is expected or needed; also : the amount of such a failure

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