Translation of "shortage" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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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. 难民营里缺少足够的食物和住处。
The long hot summer has led to serious water shortages. 这个夏天漫长而炎热,导致严重缺水。

More examples

  • The government's programme to grow cash crops for export is a double-edged sword because it has created a local food shortage.
  • There's a shortage of cheap housing in the region.
  • Schools nationwide are experiencing a shortage of teachers.
  • There's a shortage of cheap accommodation .
  • The government admitted that there was a petrol shortage, but warned people against panic buying.

(Translation of “shortage” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)