un·​der·​sup·​ply | \ ˌən-dər-sə-ˈplī How to pronounce undersupply (audio) \

Definition of undersupply

: an inadequate supply

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Examples of undersupply in a Sentence

an undersupply of nutritious foods at the party
Recent Examples on the Web In late March, regional Russian officials were sounding alarm bells about a drastic undersupply of protective equipment and pervasive confusion about how they were supposed to tackle the virus. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "As Coronavirus Overruns Russia, Doctors Are Dying on the Front Lines," 14 May 2020 Soaring rents and an undersupply of affordable housing are the key factors behind the evictions, according to Shachter. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Somerville helps tenants fight eviction with information," 20 Feb. 2020 In Berlin, a nurse in an intensive care unit who prefers to be called Nico because he’s not authorized to speak to the news media loves working with patients, and the undersupply of nurses means ironclad job stability. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The doctor won’t see you now.’ Rethinking health care delivery in a crisis.," 6 Apr. 2020 Water shortages are a two-part equation: undersupply and overuse. Philip Kiefer, Outside Online, "The West's Water Shortage Is Fueled by Human Error," 11 Nov. 2019 By 2030, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a total undersupply of as many as 121,300 doctors, equivalent to 15% of the MD's active in the U.S. The AAMC forecasts that 55% of the shortfall will be for specialists. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Trouble Seeing a Specialist? Here’s What’s Driving the ‘Doctor Draught’," 15 July 2019 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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20 May 2020

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“Undersupply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undersupply. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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