[ UK /ˌʌndəstˈɑːft/ ]
[ US /ˈəndɝˌstæft/ ]
  1. inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.
    they're rather short-handed at the moment
    overcrowded and understaffed hospitals
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How To Use understaffed In A Sentence

  • the security company was found to have routinely understaffed the facility
  • Both suck, but I voted HD because our equipment is always broken, we carry far more products than we can reasonably fit on the shelves, and we're severly understaffed. Round 42: Home Depot vs Wellpoint - The Consumerist
  • My agency is quite small, and very understaffed with what you call cushy jobs, as it happens. The Will
  • The hard working police are severely underfunded, significantly underpaid and crazily understaffed.
  • Equally, there are many hardpressed, overworked and understaffed departments that need extra resourcing. Times, Sunday Times
  • Of little dispute is an HB678 provision to boost staffing in DEQ's opencut-mining office, which state officials said got swamped while understaffed as a Montana construction boom heightened demand for gravel used in road building, sidewalks and many other projects. Billingsgazette.com
  • overcrowded and understaffed hospitals
  • When workers petition the government to enforce laws protecting organizing rights, they are forced to go before the National Labor Relations Board, which is both run by anti-union presidential appointees, and chronically understaffed so as to slow down proceedings. The War on Workers
  • The article paints a picture of an understaffed, underequipped, and undercapitalized agency trying desperately to impose order on a nation the size of California.
  • Cx has accomplished a lot over the past three years, even while under budget (and understaffed); its unfortunate that our successes (earned one telecon at a time) don't rip across the internet as quickly as unfounded rumors and senseless bashing. Jeff Hanley's Latest Update From the Denial Zone - NASA Watch
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