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Definition 1: deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where scarce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought

(scarce is similar to ...) not widely distributed

"rare herbs" "rare patches of green in the desert"

(scarce is similar to ...) affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow

"tight money" "a tight market"

(means also ...) deficient in amount or quality or extent

"meager resources" "meager fare"

(... are attributes of scarce) an adequate or large amount

"he had a quantity of ammunition"

Definition 2: only a very short time before - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where scarce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we hardly knew them
  • had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open
  • would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave

Synonyms for scarce in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: almost not - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where scarce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he hardly ever goes fishing
  • he was scarce sixteen years old
  • they scarcely ever used the emergency generator
  • I can hardly hear what she is saying
  • she barely seemed to notice him
  • we were so far back in the theater, we could barely read the subtitles

Synonyms for scarce in the sense of this definition

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