Definition of shortfall in English:

shortfall

noun

  • A deficit of something required or expected.

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

shortfall

/ˈʃɔːtfɔːl/