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American English: /ˈʃɔrdɪdʒ/
British English: /ˈʃɔːtɪdʒ/


countable or uncountable
  • shortage (of something/somebody)
    falta (feminine) or escasez (feminine) (de algo/alguien)
    there were food shortages
    había escasez de alimentos
    the housing shortage
    el problema or la escasez de la vivienda
    a severe shortage of spare parts
    una gran escasez de repuestos
    there is no shortage of helpers/ideas
    no faltan colaboradores/ideas
    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.

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