Definition of scarce in English:
1(Especially of food, money, or some other resource) insufficient for the demand: as raw materials became scarce, synthetics were developed
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- 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.
in short supply, short, scant, scanty, meagre, sparse, hard to find, hard to come by, not enough, too little, insufficient, deficient, inadequate, lacking, wanting;
informal not to be had for love nor money
1.1Occurring in small numbers or quantities; rare: the freshwater shrimp becomes scarce in soft water
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- 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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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.
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