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shortage

short·age

shortage

 
pronunciation:
shor tihj
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a deficiency; lack.
synonyms:
dearth, deficiency, lack
antonyms:
abundance, enough
similar words:
crunch, need, poverty, scarcity
definition 2: a lack of a particular amount.
We have a shortage of three boxes.
synonyms:
deficit, shortfall
antonyms:
overage, superfluity, surplus, surplusage
similar words:
dearth
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The word shortage contains the following part:
-age Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or result of (the action indicated by the verb base)
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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 > carriage , store + -age > storage ) Some nouns ending in -age are loan words from French (voyage , courage ) whose bases are Latin roots.