English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'shortage'

(noun) 
Definition
not enough of something needed
There's no shortage of ideas.
Synonyms
deficiency
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.
,
want
The men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
,
lack
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
,
failure
displaced by fighting or crop failure
,
deficit
They're ready to cut the budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
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poverty
a poverty of ideas
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shortfall
The government has refused to make up a shortfall in funding.
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inadequacy
the inadequacy of the water supply
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scarcity
an ever-increasing scarcity of water
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dearth
a dearth of resources
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paucity (formal)
the paucity of information
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insufficiency
Anaemia is due to insufficiency of iron.
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of dearth
Definition
an inadequate amount
a dearth of resources
Synonyms
paucity (formal),
sparsity,
scantiness,
exiguousness
in the sense of deficit
Definition
the amount by which a sum is lower than that expected or required
They're ready to cut the budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
in the sense of failure
Definition
a decline or loss of something
displaced by fighting or crop failure

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