la escasez
-the shortage
See the entry for escasez.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (insufficiency)
a. shortage
Cada domingo tenemos una escasez de agua en nuestra colonia.Every Sunday, we have a shortage of water in our neighborhood.
b. scarcity
Tenemos bastante agua en nuestro pozo, pero una escasez de electricidad para bombearla.We have plenty of water in our well, but a scarcity of electricity to pump it.
2. (deprivation)
a. poverty
Por la escasez que sufren en sus comunidades rurales, muchos indígenas se trasladan a las ciudades.Because of the poverty they suffer in their rural communities, many indigenous people move to the cities.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (insuficiencia)
a. shortage
2. (pobreza)
a. poverty
escasez de mano de obralabor shortage
1 (insuficiencia) shortage; scarcity (formal)
escasez de agua shortage o scarcity (formal) of water; escasez de fondos shortage of funds; hay escasez de medicamentos there is a shortage of medicine; medicine is in short supply; escasez de mano de obra/viviendas labour/housing shortage
2 (pobreza) poverty
viven en la escasez they live in poverty
3 escaseces (apuros)
han pasado muchas escaseces they suffered great hardships
4 (tacañería) meanness; stinginess
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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