Meaning of “shortage” in the 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 of food and shelter in the refugee camps.
The long hot summer has led to serious water 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 /ˈʃɔːtɪdʒ/ us

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 economic growth.
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)