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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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-age Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or result of (the action indicated by the verb base)
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The suffix -age attaches primarily to bases that are English verbs to form nouns. Base-final y becomes i and base-final silent e is dropped before -age (carry + -age > carriage , store + -age > storage ) Some nouns ending in -age are loan words from French (voyage , courage ) whose bases are Latin roots.