undersupply

noun

un·​der·​sup·​ply ˌən-dər-sə-ˈplī How to pronounce undersupply (audio)
: an inadequate supply

Examples of undersupply in a Sentence

an undersupply of affordable office space
Recent Examples on the Web The roots of the shortage go back to the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, when cautious developers were hesitant to invest in new construction and set a precedent of undersupply that’s continued to now. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2024 Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic Research YES: Difficult to see a downside for the logical and readily apparent solution of San Diego’s oversupply of office space and undersupply of housing is converting the buildings to residential uses. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jan. 2024 At the same time, there was a dramatic undersupply of multifamily properties. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2024 Our country faces an undersupply of providers and postpartum support. Courtney Lund O'Neil, Parents, 18 Sep. 2023 Automakers have been plagued by years of supply chain issues, chip shortages, and more recently, work stoppages, which has led to a steady undersupply in the car market. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2023 Economic pressures and a lack of staff contribute to the undersupply, healthcare experts said. Julie Washington, cleveland, 17 July 2023 Very often, this leads to overproduction or undersupply as producers misjudge the level of demand, resulting in either glut or shortages, with a corresponding impact on pricing and inventory. Jon Stojan, Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2023 Declines in the West are due to the tech industry slowdown and a severe lack of affordability after decades of undersupply. Lance Lambert, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undersupply was in 1840

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“Undersupply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undersupply. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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