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"understaffed" in British English

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understaffedadjective

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈstɑːft/  us   /-dɚˈstæft/ (also undermanned)
If a ​shop, ​business, or ​organization is understaffed, it does not have enough ​employees: The ​hospital was ​desperately understaffed.
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"understaffed" in American English

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understaffedadjective

 us   /ˈʌn·dərˈstæft/
not having enough employees: The ​facility is ​chronically understaffed and ​short of ​supplies.
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"understaffed" in Business English

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understaffedadjective

uk   /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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