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|part of speech:
||an amount that is less than is needed; lack.
There is a shortage of food in many countries.
- deficiency, lack
- abundance, enough
- similar words:
||a lack of a particular amount.
The cash register showed a shortage of four dollars.
The word shortage
contains the following part:
that means act, process, or result of (the action indicated by the verb base)
More about this word part:
The suffix -age
attaches primarily to bases that are English verbs to form nouns. Base-final y becomes i and base-final silent e is dropped before ľage (carry + -age
, store + -age
) Some nouns ending in -age
are loan words from French (voyage
) whose bases are Latin roots.