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English definition of “short”

short

adjective (LACKING)    /ʃɔːt/ US  /ʃɔːrt/
be short (of sth) B1 to not have enough of something: to be short of space/time We're a bit short of coffee - I must get some more. The bill comes to £85, but we're £15 short. I'm a little short (= I do not have much money) this week - could you lend me ten dollars?Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessaryScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things short of breath unable to breathe very well, for example because you have been running or doing some type of energetic exercise: She's always short of breath when she climbs the stairs.Breathing and stopping breathing be in short supply to be few or not enough in number: Computers are in rather short supply in this office.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things go short mainly UK to not have something, especially when it is something you need in order to live: My parents didn't have much money, but they made sure we didn't go short (of anything).Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessaryScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
(Definition of short adjective (LACKING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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