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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scarce mean? 

SCARCE (adjective)
  The adjective SCARCE has 2 senses:

1. not enough; hard to find
2. deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

  Familiarity information: SCARCE used as an adjective is rare.

SCARCE (adverb)
  The adverb SCARCE has 1 sense:

1. by a small margin

  Familiarity information: SCARCE used as an adverb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SCARCE (adjective)

Sense 1scarce [BACK TO TOP]


Not enough; hard to find

Context example:

meat was scarce during the war


deficient; insufficient (of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement)

Sense 2scarce [BACK TO TOP]


Deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

Context example:

fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought


rare (not widely distributed)

tight (affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow)


meager; meagerly; meagre; scrimpy; stingy (deficient in amount or quality or extent)


quantity (an adequate or large amount)


abundant (present in great quantity)

SCARCE (adverb)

Sense 1scarce [BACK TO TOP]


By a small margin


barely; hardly; scarce; scarcely; just

Context examples:

they could barely hear the speaker / we hardly knew them / just missed being hit / had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open / would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave

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