Definition of shortage noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

shortage

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈʃɔrt̮ɪdʒ//
 
[countable, uncountable]
 
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a situation when there is not enough of the people or things that are needed food/housing/water shortages a shortage of funds There is no shortage of (= there are plenty of) things to do in the town.
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