shortage


shortage
noun
ADJECTIVE
acute, chronic, critical, desperate, dire, serious, severe

the current acute shortage of teachers

growing, increasing
future, impending, looming

a looming housing shortage in the city

general
national, nationwide, world

the world shortage of coffee

current
wartime
supply
cash, electricity, energy, food, fuel, gas, gasoline (AmE), housing, oil, petrol (BrE), power, water
labour/labor, manpower, nursing, personnel (esp. AmE), skill, skills, staff, staffing, teacher
VERB + SHORTAGE
cause, create, lead to, result in
be affected by, be hampered by, experience, face, have, suffer, suffer from

Industry is facing a serious skills shortage.

alleviate, ease

The recent heavy rains have helped to ease the water shortage.

address, deal with, fill, meet, overcome, solve, tackle
exacerbate

The energy shortages were exacerbated by the severe winter.

SHORTAGE + VERB
occur
cause sth, lead to sth

A shortage of resources has led to a cutback.

PREPOSITION
because of a/the shortage, due to a/the shortage

Lives are being put at risk because of staff shortages.

shortage in

Their economy continued to suffer shortages in raw materials.

shortage of

a shortage of organ donors


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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