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escasear

intransitive verb

  • empiezan a escasear los alimentos
    food is running short or is becoming scarce
    dicen que va a escasear el café
    they say there's going to be a coffee shortage
    una zona en la que escasea el agua
    an area where water is in short supply

transitive verb

  • (escatimar) nos escaseaban los recursos
    they had cut back on our resources
    they were limiting our resources
    escasean el producto para luego subirlo de precio
    they create a shortage in the market so they can put up the price
Example sentences
  • Las quejas por dumping de productos abundan, las justificaciones escasean.
  • Lo peor de todo es que comenzaron a escasear las divisas.
  • La tierra es salobre, escasea el agua dulce y los insectos son insoportables.
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