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Meaning & Definition of Scarce in English

English

Scarce

/skɛrs/

adjective

1. Deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

  • "Fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"
    synonym:
  • scarce

adverb

1. Only a very short time before

  • "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"- w.b.yeats
    synonym:
  • barely
  • ,
  • hardly
  • ,
  • just
  • ,
  • scarcely
  • ,
  • scarce

Examples of using

Water is scarce in this area.