01. Food in the area is [scarce], and the United Nations is pleading for aid.
02. Full-time, permanent jobs are increasingly [scarce] these days as companies hire more and more people on contract.
03. Money is [scarce], and the government is going to have to make some difficult decisions in order to bring the budget under control.
04. I [scarcely] knew the guy, and already he was asking to borrow money from me.
05. They had [scarcely] moved into their house when their new neighbors came by to introduce themselves, and invite them over for a barbecue.
06. [Scarcely] a day goes by without me thinking of my poor friend Akbar, who was killed in the war.
07. [Scarcely] a day goes by that I don't think of my dear, departed wife.
08. The [scarcity] of bread has made the cost go up considerably.
09. Disease is killing people daily due to the [scarcity] of clean water in the region.
10. Someone once suggested that time is the [scarcest] resource.
11. Apartments are really [scarce] in this city, so rents are very steep.
12. Maya Angelou once suggested that most plain girls are virtuous because of the [scarcity] of opportunity to be otherwise.
13. Water is so [scarce] in the arid regions of China that in the grasslands the people never take baths, and sometimes must wash their faces in yak's milk.
14. There is a serious [scarcity] of natural resources in many areas of the world.
15. Trees are extremely [scarce] in Iceland, which is mostly covered in grasses and shrubs.
16. In regions where rainfall is [scarce], and food is difficult to grow, the people of Tanzania have turned to raising cattle.
17. Once plentiful lions and antelope are now [scarce] in Burundi because the swelling population of humans and cows have driven them off the plains.
18. [Scarcely] 100 years old, the capital city of Djibouti is home to two-thirds of the African nation's population.
19. With human populations increasing, resources for Asian elephants are [scarce], and the numbers of these animals are diminishing.

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  • scarce — [skeəs ǁ skers] adjective if something is scarce, there is not enough of it available: • Here, land is a scarce resource and house prices have risen sharply. • Jobs are scarce. scarcity noun [singular, uncountable] : • the present scarcity of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Scarce — (sk[^a]rs), a. [Compar. {Scarcer} (sk[^a]r s[ e]r); superl. {Scarcest}.] [OE. scars, OF. escars, eschars, LL. scarpsus, excarpsus, for L. excerptus, p. p. of excerpere to pick out, and hence to contract, to shorten; ex (see {Ex }) + carpere. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scarce — Scarce, Scarcely Scarce ly, adv. 1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just. [1913 Webster] With a scarce well lighted flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] The eldest scarcely five year was of age. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Slowly she sails,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scarce — scarce·ly; scarce·ment; scarce·ness; scarce; …   English syllables

  • scarce — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a resource) insufficient for the demand. 2) rarely found. ● make oneself scarce Cf. ↑make oneself scarce DERIVATIVES scarcity noun. ORIGIN O …   English terms dictionary

  • scarce — [skers] adj. scarcer, scarcest [ME scars < NormFr escars (for OFr eschars) < VL * escarpsus, for L excerptus, pp. of excerpere, to pick out, select (see EXCERPT); hence, that which is picked out and therefore scarce] 1. not common; rarely… …   English World dictionary

  • scarce — (adj.) c.1300, restricted in quantity, from O.N.Fr. scars (O.Fr. eschars) from V.L. *escarpsus, from *excarpere pluck out, from L. excerpere pluck out (see EXCERPT (Cf. excerpt)). Phrase to make oneself scarce go away first attested 1809 in Gil… …   Etymology dictionary

  • scarce — I adjective at a premium, dear, deficient, few, inadequate, incomplete, inconsiderable, insufficient, limited, little, low, meager, minute, not abundant, not plentiful, out of the way, paltry, rare, rarus, scant, seldom met with, short, skimpy,… …   Law dictionary

  • scarce — rare, uncommon, *infrequent, occasional, sporadic Analogous words: *deficient: curtailed, abridged, shortened (see SHORTEN) Antonyms: abundant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • scarce — [adj] insufficient, infrequent at a premium, deficient, failing, few, few and far between*, in short supply, limited, occasional, rare, scant, scanty, seldom, seldom met with, semioccasional, short, shortened, shy, sparse, sporadic, truncated,… …   New thesaurus

  • scarce|ly — «SKAIRS lee», adverb. 1. not quite; barely: »I can scarcely hear your voice. We could scarcely see the ship through the thick fog. SYNONYM(S): See syn. under hardly. (Cf. ↑hardly) 2. decidedly not: »He can scarcely have said that …   Useful english dictionary