scarce(redirected from scarcest)
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adj. scarc•er, scarc•est,
Both scarce and scarcely are fairly formal words. They have completely different meanings.
Scarce is an adjective. If something is scarce, very little of it is available.
Don't use 'scarce' to say that something is not common, and is therefore interesting. Use rare.
Don't use 'not' with scarcely. Don't say, for example, 'I do not scarcely have enough money to live'. Say 'I scarcely have enough money to live'.
If you use an auxiliary verb or modal with scarcely, put the auxiliary verb or modal first. Say, for example, 'I could scarcely stand'. Don't say 'I scarcely could stand'.
Scarcely is sometimes used to emphasize that one thing happened immediately after another.
Use when, not 'than', in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'We had scarcely arrived than it was time to leave again'.
In literary writing, scarcely is sometimes put at the beginning of a sentence, followed by had or the verb be and the subject.
|Adj.||1.||scarce - deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand; "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"|
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"
abundant - present in great quantity; "an abundant supply of water"
|Adv.||1.||scarce - 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|
in short supply sufficient, ample, abundant, plentiful, plenteous
to be scarce [doctors, food, resources] → escasear; [money] → escasear, faltar
jobs were very scarce in those days → en aquella época escaseaban los puestos de trabajo
paintings of this quality are scarce → no abundan los cuadros de esta calidad
to grow or become scarce → volverse escaso, escasear
to make o.s. scarce → largarse, esfumarse