shortage

01. During a time of war, there is generally a [shortage] of oil, so gasoline is usually rationed.
02. The city often puts restrictions on water use in the summertime in order to prevent [shortages].
03. There is often a water [shortage] in our town in the dry, hot months of July and August.
04. Food [shortages] in North Korea caused thousands of deaths a couple of years ago.
05. Police were unable to control the crowds, due to a [shortage] of officers.
06. There is a [shortage] of affordable rental housing in this town, and the government needs to do something about it.
07. The labor [shortage] has resulted in an increase in salaries.
08. There is a Japanese proverb which notes that great deeds come from times of [shortage].
09. The fact that unmarried women who bear children are now more likely to keep them has resulted in a [shortage] of adoptable babies.
10. Textbook [shortages] are so severe in some U.S. public schools that 71 percent of teachers say they have purchased reading materials for their students with their own money.
11. California has experienced numerous power [shortages] over the last couple of years.
12. Because of its chronic [shortage] of workers, Switzerland has encouraged migrant laborers to come to the country for the past century.
13. During the 1970s, OPEC raised the price of oil, causing severe [shortages] in the United States.
14. A few years ago, there was a [shortage] of small coins in Portugal, so people there used candies and stamps instead.
15. Senegal has a severe [shortage] of doctors, particularly in rural areas.
16. In February of 1917, an enormous demonstration was held in Petrograd, Russia to protest against food [shortages].
17. According to Kofi Annan, unless we take swift and decisive action, by 2025, two-thirds of the world's population may be living in countries that face serious water [shortages].
18. There is no [shortage] of things to do for entertainment in the city of London in the evening.
19. Germaine Greer once suggested that a society can survive with only one man but no society will survive a [shortage] of women.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • shortage — short‧age [ˈʆɔːtɪdʒ ǁ ˈʆɔːr ] noun [countable, uncountable] a situation in which there is not enough of something that people need or want: • We suffer from a labor shortage. • The real estate developer is facing an acute cash shortage. shortage… …   Financial and business terms

  • Shortage — Short age, n. Amount or extent of deficiency, as determined by some requirement or standard; as, a shortage in money accounts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shortage — index absence (omission), dearth, deficiency, deficit, delinquency (shortage), insufficiency, need ( …   Law dictionary

  • shortage — 1868, Amer.Eng., from SHORT (Cf. short) + AGE (Cf. age) …   Etymology dictionary

  • shortage — The dollar amount below the accountable amount shown on Form 1412 A at the conclusion of a retail vending credit examination …   Glossary of postal terms

  • shortage — [n] deficiency curtailment, dearth, defalcation, deficit, failure, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, lapse, leanness, paucity, pinch, poverty, scantiness, scarcity, shortfall, tightness, underage, want, weakness; concepts 646,709,767 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • shortage — ► NOUN ▪ a situation in which something needed cannot be obtained in sufficient amounts …   English terms dictionary

  • shortage — ☆ shortage [shôrtij ] n. a deficiency in the quantity or amount needed or expected, or the extent of this; deficit …   English World dictionary

  • shortage — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ acute, chronic, critical, desperate, dire, serious, severe ▪ the current acute shortage of teachers ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • shortage — short|age [ˈʃo:tıdʒ US ˈʃo:r ] n [U and C] a situation in which there is not enough of something that people need shortage of ▪ a shortage of skilled labour ▪ There is no shortage of funds. water/food/housing etc shortage ▪ efforts to solve the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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