Definition of scarce in English:

scarce

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Pronunciation: /skɛːs
 
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adjective

adverb

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  • Scarcely: a babe scarce two years old
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    • In recent years, the beleaguered couple have been scarce on the social scene.
    • I went to the bucket but there was scarce any left.
    • At that moment the beast-man charged the Kshatriya; Viro scarce had time to roll.

Phrases

make oneself scarce

informal Leave a place, especially so as to avoid a difficult situation: I could see he was annoyed so I made myself scarce
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  • ‘It was an empty building and a small piece of glass,’ said PC Lewis, who expected the majority of people in the same situation would have made themselves scarce.
  • Shelley and Thomas however, had made themselves scarce and gone to clear up the kitchen.
  • The boy had made himself scarce in the past week, obviously avoiding the messengers for the day.

Derivatives

scarceness

noun
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  • This last component supposedly arose in response to the scarceness of Arabic speakers in America's armed forces and intelligence organizations.
  • The eiresione and the first-fruit sacrifice are typical signs of seasonal renewal: the first signs of coming prosperity after the scarceness of the winter period.
  • Munificence relates to the scarceness of environment resources that support firm growth in a given industry.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'restricted in quantity or size', also 'parsimonious'): from a shortening of Anglo-Norman escars, from a Romance word meaning 'plucked out, selected'.

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