un·​der·​staffed | \ ˌən-dər-ˈstaft How to pronounce understaffed (audio) \

Definition of understaffed

: inadequately staffed

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understaffing \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈsta-​fiŋ How to pronounce understaffed (audio) \ noun

Examples of understaffed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crisis teams were created as part of Mental Health SF, a major initiative to reform the city’s care system, which is often understaffed and overwhelmed. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 2021 Critics in Congress say the TSA is understaffed and ill-equipped for the pipeline security mission. Jack Date, ABC News, 14 May 2021 America’s understaffed and overloaded refugee system presents its own problems even for migrants who legally enter the U.S., especially for those who lack lawyers or fluency in English. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Hospitals are understaffed and overwhelmed, and doctors are turning to social media to beg for oxygen canisters as patients die in droves. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2021 Still, many of the chain’s 63 restaurants remain understaffed, said Jodi Roeske, Portillo’s vice president of talent. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2021 For several decades, the oversight board was understaffed and under-budgeted. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 The deaths sparked a U.S. Marshals Service investigation that uncovered in November 2018 that the jail was critically understaffed and overpopulated. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2021 For now, the agency remains understaffed and without a permanent leader, and lawmakers continue to pursue a series of grueling after-action studies that have both retraumatized and embarrassed the department. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of understaffed

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of understaffed was in 1891

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6 Jun 2021

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“Understaffed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understaffed. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of understaffed

: not having enough workers : having a staff that is too small


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