Definition of shortfall in English:



  • A deficit of something required or expected.

    ‘they are facing an expected $10 billion shortfall in revenue’
    • ‘Among the problems he correctly identifies is the shortfall in qualified staff in the NHS.’
    • ‘Pensions organisations have warned that many people could face shortfalls in their pensions.’
    • ‘However, this view of overseas property agencies is the reason for many of the shortfalls in the industry.’
    • ‘It's been hard to miss the various headlines about shortfalls in endowment mortgages over the last few days.’
    • ‘Supply shortfalls could plague China for at least two more years, Liang believes.’
    • ‘We have now been told by our insurer that a shortfall is likely and we were not warned at the outset.’
    • ‘If you have a problem in making up the extra cash needed to cover the possible shortfall, don't just do nothing.’
    • ‘This resulted in serious shortfalls in the projected revenue stream.’
    • ‘It all adds up to bigger and bigger revenue shortfalls and the need for more and more spending cuts.’
    • ‘They said another factor contributing to the patient pile-up is a staff shortfall.’
    • ‘The group may be forced to bridge the shortfall by selling some of its assets or securing more debt.’
    • ‘You could keep the policy going and look at other alternatives to repay the remaining shortfall.’
    • ‘If bus operators no longer receive this money they will be forced to find ways to make up the shortfall in income.’
    • ‘I have been warned to expect a significant shortfall on my mortgage endowment.’
    • ‘The city centre manager told us it was all to do with a staff shortfall.’
    • ‘Maize shortfalls are also projected for Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.’
    • ‘Millions are facing shortfalls on their endowments, an investment product sold heavily in the 1980s.’
    • ‘If your investment performs badly you could face a shortfall at the end of the mortgage term.’
    • ‘After all, the current shortfalls stem in part from companies trying to get by with paying less.’
    • ‘I am not worried on a personal level but I do think that there will be a huge shortfall throughout the country.’
    defect, blemish, fault, imperfection, deficiency, weakness, weak point, weak spot, inadequacy, shortcoming, limitation, failing, foible
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