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

Examples of shortfall in a Sentence

a shortfall in milk production
Recent Examples on the Web Discussions about adjusting the Housing Commission budget proposal are ongoing, but Gloria is dealing with a significant budget shortfall. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2024 The two sides spent much of last week discussing how to cover a $670 million shortfall over the coming contract term in the pension and health plans. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 11 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shortfall 

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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 20 May. 2024.

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