- 1(Especially of food, money, or some other resource) insufficient for the demand: as raw materials became scarce, synthetics were developedMore example sentences
in short supply, short, scant, scanty, meagre, sparse, hard to find, hard to come by, not enough, too little, insufficient, deficient, inadequate, lacking, wanting; at a premium, like gold dust, not to be had, scarcer than hen's teeth; paltry, negligible, thin• informal not to be had for love nor money• rare exiguous
- This was compounded by a growing competition for scarce food resources.
- They saw their families and communities through difficult times, when money was scarce and the demands of rural life were very demanding.
- This may be so fundamental to the business that diverting scarce resources and money into longer-term plans would be wrong.
- 1.1Occurring in small numbers or quantities; rare: the freshwater shrimp becomes scarce in soft waterMore example sentences
- Tatum rabbet planes are scarce to rare and this was a nice example.
- They were the secret of that period of time. They are still fairly rare, fairly scarce.
- In some ways it can be considered as a miniature flora of an area, highlighting the locally rare and scarce species.
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- Scarcely: a babe scarce two years oldMore example sentences
- 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.
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 scarceMore example sentences
- ‘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.
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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.
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'.