Definition of shortfall noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    shortfall

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈʃɔrtfɔl//
     
    shortfall (in something)
     
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  1. 1if there is a shortfall in something, there is less of it than you need or expect synonym deficit
  2. 2 a shortfall of over 500,000 tons in the grain supply Several staff were laid off to meet a shortfall of funds.
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