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tr.v. un·der·staffed, un·der·staff·ing, un·der·staffs
To supply with fewer employees than required: Management was careful not to understaff the agency.
not having enough staff: her department is understaffed.
un•der•staffed(ˌʌn dərˈstæft, -ˈstɑft)
having an insufficient number of personnel.
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|Adj.||1.||understaffed - inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.; "they're rather short-handed at the moment"; "overcrowded and understaffed hospitals"|