A state or situation in which something needed cannot be obtained in sufficient amounts: a shortage of hard cash food shortages [mass noun]: the problems of land shortage in the countryside
More example sentences
- There are many parts of the world where the shortage of food lasts for years, not just for one.
- Demand has been driven by shortages of property and land to develop in these areas.
- Food shortages were a problem both for natives and refugees at the end of the war.