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English adjective: scarce

1. scarce deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

SamplesFresh vegetables were scarce during the drought.

Similarrare, tight

See alsomeager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy



English adverb: scarce

1. scarce only a very short time before

SamplesThey 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.

Synonymsbarely, hardly, just, scarcely

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