Definition of shortfall in English:



  • A deficit of something required or expected.

    ‘they are facing an expected $10 billion shortfall in revenue’
    • ‘You could keep the policy going and look at other alternatives to repay the remaining shortfall.’
    • ‘Maize shortfalls are also projected for Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pensions organisations have warned that many people could face shortfalls in their pensions.’
    • ‘If bus operators no longer receive this money they will be forced to find ways to make up the shortfall in income.’
    • ‘If you have a problem in making up the extra cash needed to cover the possible shortfall, don't just do nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They said another factor contributing to the patient pile-up is a staff shortfall.’
    • ‘If your investment performs badly you could face a shortfall at the end of the mortgage term.’
    • ‘The group may be forced to bridge the shortfall by selling some of its assets or securing more debt.’
    • ‘However, this view of overseas property agencies is the reason for many of the shortfalls in the industry.’
    • ‘Supply shortfalls could plague China for at least two more years, Liang believes.’
    • ‘It's been hard to miss the various headlines about shortfalls in endowment mortgages over the last few days.’
    • ‘This resulted in serious shortfalls in the projected revenue stream.’
    • ‘Millions are facing shortfalls on their endowments, an investment product sold heavily in the 1980s.’
    • ‘It all adds up to bigger and bigger revenue shortfalls and the need for more and more spending cuts.’
    defect, blemish, fault, imperfection, deficiency, weakness, weak point, weak spot, inadequacy, shortcoming, limitation, failing, foible
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