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English definition of “understaffed”


adjective     /ˌʌndəˈstɑːft/ US   /ˌʌndərˈstæft/ (also undermanned)
HR having fewer workers or employees than necessary: We are understaffed and too reliant on contractors to provide us with personnel.
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(Definition of understaffed adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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