Definition of understaffed
: inadequately staffed
understaffingplay \ˌən-dər-ˈsta-fiŋ\ noun
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Garder said the parks are already understaffed and that further layoffs could lead to reduced hour at visitor centers, longer lines at entrance stations, and elimination of family-friendly programs like campfire talks and nature walks.
Sloan said the challenge now is finding enough nurses and doctors who specialize in geriatrics, which is a severely understaffed field.
But demand has grown since then and city staff said the sanitation division is already strained and understaffed.
An independent review ordered by Delaware’s governor after a deadly inmate riot describes the state’s maximum-security prison as dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed.
But such confusion simply typified operations at the prison, which reviewers found to be dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed.
State prisons in Florida are dangerously understaffed and often operate at critical capacity — meaning there are times when the prisons have only the bare minimum number of guards.
Many primary care centers are understaffed or running out of space.
Bertie Correctional Institution was understaffed the month that Sgt.
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Definition of understaffed for English Language Learners
: not having enough workers : having a staff that is too small
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