understaffed


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un·der·staff

 (ŭn′dər-stăf′)
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.

understaffed

(ˌʌndəˈstɑːft)
adj
not having enough staff: her department is understaffed.

un•der•staffed

(ˌʌn dərˈstæft, -ˈstɑft)

adj.
having an insufficient number of personnel.
[1890–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.understaffed - inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.understaffed - inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.; "they're rather short-handed at the moment"; "overcrowded and understaffed hospitals"
inadequate, unequal - lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task; "inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate"; "she was unequal to the task"
Translations

understaffed

[ˈʌndəˈstɑːft] ADJ to be understaffedno tener (el) personal suficiente, estar falto de personal

understaffed

[ˌʌndərˈstɑːft] adjen sous-effectif

understaffed

[ˌʌndəˈstɑːft] adja corto di personale
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