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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (lacking)
a. escaso
Resources were so scarce that the administration made cutbacks in funding to the arts department.Los recursos eran tan escasos que la administración hizo recortes en la financiación del departamento de arte.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (barely)
a. apenas
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
There was so much smoke in the room, we could scarce see a thing.Había tanto humo en el cuarto que apenas podíamos ver.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. escaso(a)
2. (colloquial)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to make oneself scarceesfumarse, poner (los) pies en polvorosa
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scarce [ˈskɛəs]
scarcer (comparative)scarcest (superlative) [+reserves, resources] escaso
to be scarce [+doctors, food, resources] escasear; [+money] escasear; faltar; jobs were very scarce in those days en aquella época escaseaban los puestos de trabajo; paintings of this quality are scarce no abundan los cuadros de esta calidad; to grow or become scarce volverse escaso; escasear; to make o.s. scarce largarse (informal); esfumarse (informal)
money is scarce doctors were scarce in these parts cigarettes were scarce in the shops ...the region's scarce water resources At this period money was not as scarce as it was to become Food is scarce and water is half a mile away food was scarce and expensive environment where [water] is still scarce Here comes Dominic. Time to make myself scarce!
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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