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SCARCE

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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]

Meaning:

Not enough; hard to find

Context example:

meat was scarce during the war

Similar:

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


Sense 2scarce [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

Context example:

fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought

Similar:

rare (not widely distributed)

tight (affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow)

Also:

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

Attribute:

quantity (an adequate or large amount)

Antonym:

abundant (present in great quantity)


SCARCE (adverb)


Sense 1scarce [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

By a small margin

Synonyms:

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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