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 understaffing (audio) \ noun

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Still, the groups are underfunded and understaffed for the daunting job, employees and city government officials say. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "‘I Just Wish We Could’ve Made It’," 27 July 2019 And both the police department and the police union have suggested crime is out of control in part because the department — with a half-a-billion-dollar annual budget — is understaffed and can’t recruit fast enough to outpace attrition. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "76 Baltimore Police misconduct cases have been allowed to expire since 2016," 25 July 2019 In the lawsuit, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh claims the company’s group homes and schools were understaffed, and that workers received inadequate training and pay. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, "Maryland Sues Notorious For-Profit Group Homes. The Company Was the Subject of ProPublica Investigation.," 12 July 2019 The agency in charge of dealing with overcrowded conditions at migrant facilities near the southern border is severely understaffed at the leadership level. NBC News, "Homeland insecurity: Empty seats at agency dealing with overcrowding at the border," 6 July 2019 Their complaints include being understaffed and a lack of training for tasks they are required to perform outside their normal job duties. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Contract baggage handlers, wheelchair agents at Denver International Airport go on strike, citing unsafe working conditions," 18 June 2019 Alaska State Troopers, currently understaffed by about 40 people, have been forced to re-organize their patrols, pulling troopers out of some areas full-time to staff higher-crime communities. USA Today, "A deadly place: Alaska is the most dangerous state for women, now they're fighting back," 25 June 2019 The Forest Service is underfunded and understaffed, Brown said, which leads to long delays and backlogs that can slow projects. Anna M. Phillips, latimes.com, "Forest Service seeks to exempt some logging and mining from environmental review rules," 12 June 2019 Because there are no resident-to-staff requirements by Medicare, Muthara wrote, some facilities end up being understaffed. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "6 Kentucky nursing homes were cited for 'poor care.' Here's how to know if yours is safe," 6 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of understaffed

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

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