un·​der·​sup·​ply | \ˌən-dər-sə-ˈplī \

Definition of undersupply 

: an inadequate supply

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an undersupply of nutritious foods at the party

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When the league’s average ticket price goes up in a year when 10 teams are at least 10 games out before the season is halfway done, supply and demand is tilted, with an oversupply of tanking teams and an undersupply of competitive ones. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Three up, three down: Paul Goldschmidt has awoken; all six division winners could repeat," 16 June 2018 Where undersupply is greatest is in the entry level. Hudson Sangree, sacbee, "Will Sacramento home prices keep rising in 2018? Here are predictions from three experts," 6 Jan. 2018 During a luncheon in Texas, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said there was a good chance of a global undersupply of oil in five to seven years. Luke Kawa, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of undersupply

1840, in the meaning defined above

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