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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By and large, the people entrusted with the monumental task of cultivating education in this country are chronically overworked, understaffed, and underpaid. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office was understaffed, and investigators worked on a lot of DUIs. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Too Much Horsepower," 24 Dec. 2012 North Carolina’s understaffed prisons remain a dangerous place for employees six months after the bloodiest escape attempt in state history left four workers dead, according to agency data and separate case reports. charlotteobserver, "Since escape attempt, dozens of NC prisons workers have missed work after assaults | Charlotte Observer," 23 Apr. 2018 The Phoenix fire alarm room fields calls for 17 Phoenix-area cities and is notoriously understaffed. Austin Grad, USA TODAY, "911 calls for cat stuck on utility pole clog city's alarm room," 26 Mar. 2018 An independent review conducted after the February 2017 riot found the prison to be dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed. Washington Post, "Officials refuse to release prison staffing analysis," 29 June 2018 The notorious street gang took advantage of an understaffed police department in Mendota and terrorized the city, Scott said. Fox News, "US attorney: MS-13 gang terrorized California farm town," 31 Aug. 2018 A National Institute of Corrections evaluation report released in January said the Pasquotank prison was so understaffed that workers cut corners in ways that created opportunities for the deadly breakout attempt. Fox News, "Top leaders at prison where 4 died demoted, took pay cuts," 27 Sep. 2018 Doctors in Gaza are often unable to deal with such traumatic injuries, medical groups say, because hospitals there are overwhelmed and understaffed. Erin Cunningham And Hazem Balousha, chicagotribune.com, "Palestinian protesters are being shot in their legs by Israeli soldiers, and some face amputation," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of understaffed

1891, in the meaning defined above

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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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