Definition of shortfall noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈʃɔːtfɔːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɔːrtfɔːl//
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shortfall (in something) if there is a shortfall in something, there is less of it than you need or expect synonym deficit a shortfall of over 500 000 tonnes in the grain supply Several staff were made redundant to meet a shortfall of funds.Extra examples Several workers were laid off to meet a shortfall of funds. The company is facing a $2 billion shortfall in revenue. The estimated shortfall for this financial year is $1.2 million.
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