Definition of 'shortage'
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The power shortages would affect factories and businesses across the region. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Most of the rises are caused by the global food shortage. The Sun (2008)There is no housing shortage and no mortgage famine. Times, Sunday Times (2008)His resignation letter reportedly complained of shortages and lack of healthcare and other support for his men. Times, Sunday Times (2008)But this is mainly due to a shortage of suitable land and to the planning regime. The Sun (2007)The country faces a crumbling economy and chronic shortages. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Sales have been strong and prices have been sustained by the continued shortage of property. Times, Sunday Times (2012)If there is a food shortage they are hit hardest. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Britain is suffering from a chronic housing shortage. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Equally significant was the shortage of property. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Some hospitals said they had had to turn wounded people away because of shortages of food and space. Times, Sunday Times (2008)We are aware of growing delays in reporting images due to a shortage of those trained to interpret them. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The report found that such deals could make food shortages worse because local farmers were forced off the land. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Hundreds of people have died in six weeks of fighting that has destroyed the airport and caused fuel and power shortages. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Banks and businesses dispute how much the decline in lending has been due to supply shortages or a lack of demand. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The chronic shortage in the capital is depriving thousands of young workers of the opportunity to have a place of their own. Times, Sunday Times (2013)There is no longer an overall housing shortage in Britain. Home-ownership - differentiation and fragmentation (1990)Despite wartime shortages and her lack of money, she also dressed well. Times, Sunday Times (2014)More than 100,000 homes suffered power shortages. The Sun (2014)The housing shortage is forcing up house prices, this has led to higher land prices. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But despite the shortage of property for sale, buyers are determined not to overpay. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Mining stocks also rebounded as metals prices were supported by power shortages in China cutting metal production. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He said: 'There is a shortage of donors across the country. The Sun (2008)Of those, 44 per cent cited staff shortages and a lack of cover as key reasons. Times, Sunday Times (2010)A spokesman said: 'There is no shortage of stamps. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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Translations for 'shortage'
British English: shortage /ˈʃɔːtɪdʒ/ NOUN
If there is a shortage of something, there is not enough of it.
...a shortage of funds.
- American English: shortage
- Arabic: عَجْز
- Brazilian Portuguese: escassez
- Chinese: 短缺
- Croatian: nestašica
- Czech: nedostatek nouze
- Danish: mangel
- Dutch: tekort
- European Spanish: escasez
- Finnish: pula
- French: pénurie
- German: Knappheit
- Greek: ανεπάρκεια
- Italian: carenza
- Japanese: 不足
- Korean: 부족
- Norwegian: mangel
- Polish: niedobór
- European Portuguese: escassez
- Romanian: insuficiență
- Russian: дефицит
- Spanish: escasez
- Swedish: brist knapphet
- Thai: การขาดแคลน
- Turkish: yokluk eksiklik
- Ukrainian: брак
- Vietnamese: sự thiếu
Definition of shortage from the Collins English Dictionary
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