shortage Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"shortage" in British English

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shortagenoun [C]

uk   /ˈʃɔː.tɪdʒ/  us   /ˈʃɔːr.t̬ɪdʒ/
B2 a ​situation in which there is not enough of something: There's a shortage offood and ​shelter in the ​refugeecamps. The ​longhotsummer has ​led to ​seriouswater shortages.
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(Definition of shortage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shortage" in American English

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shortagenoun [C]

 us   /ˈʃɔr·t̬ɪdʒ/
a ​lack of something ​needed: There is a ​severe shortage of low-cost ​housing in the ​city.
(Definition of shortage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shortage" in Business English

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shortagenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈʃɔːtɪdʒ/
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 ​economicgrowth. an energy/​food/water shortage a labour/​skills/​staff shortage
no shortage of sth a lot of something: He has no shortage of ​ambition or ​energy. There is no shortage of new ​land to ​build on.
(Definition of shortage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shortage”
in Arabic نَقْص…
in Korean 부족…
in Portuguese falta, escassez…
in Catalan escassetat…
in Japanese 不足, 欠乏…
in Chinese (Simplified) 缺乏,缺少…
in Turkish darlık, kıtlık, sıkıntı…
in Russian нехватка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 缺乏,缺少…
in Italian carenza…
in Polish niedobór, brak…
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