- shortage short‧age [ˈʆɔːtɪdʒ ǁ ˈʆɔːr-] noun [countable, uncountable]a situation in which there is not enough of something that people need or want:
• We suffer from a labor shortage.
• The real estate developer is facing an acute cash shortage.shortage of
• There was an energy crisis caused by a shortage of imported oil.
• There will be no shortage of applicants (= there will be a lot ) .
* * *shortage UK US /ˈʃɔːtɪdʒ/ noun [C]► a situation in which there is less of something than people want or need: a shortage of sth »
New Orleans is suffering from an acute shortage of housing.»
California faces a shortage of college-educated workers that could slow its economic growth.»
an energy/food/water shortage»
a labour/skills/staff shortage● no shortage of sth — Cf. no shortage of sth
Financial and business terms. 2012.
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