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short·age

shortage

 
 
pronunciation:
shor tihj
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an amount that is less than is needed; lack.
There is a shortage of food in many countries.
synonyms:
deficiency, lack
antonyms:
abundance, enough
similar words:
need
definition 2: a lack of a particular amount.
The cash register showed a shortage of four dollars.
synonyms:
deficit
antonyms:
surplus
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