- The definition of a shortage is a situation where there is an insufficient amount of something.
When there is not enough food for everyone, this is an example of a situation where there is a shortage of food.
shortage definition by Webster's New World
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a deficiency in the quantity or amount needed or expected, or the extent of this; deficit
shortage definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A deficiency in amount; an insufficiency.