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Synonyms for scarce
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scarce(adverb)

    deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

    "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"

    Antonyms:
    rank, overabundant, rich, long, lush, plentiful, teeming, rampant, ample, plethoric, verdant, abounding, torrential, plenteous, thick, riotous, abundant, copious, galore(ip), superabundant, profuse, luxuriant, easy, exuberant, rife, voluminous

  2. barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarce(adverb)

    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

    Synonyms:
    just, barely, hardly, scarcely, merely, scantily, exactly, simply, but, precisely, only, just now

    Antonyms:
    luxuriant, superabundant, abundant, plenteous, torrential, plethoric, overabundant, abounding, copious, galore(ip), long, rife, profuse, thick, teeming, riotous, voluminous, ample, rank, rich, plentiful, exuberant, easy, rampant, lush, verdant

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. scarce

    Unique is alone of its kind; rare is infrequent of its kind; great poems are rare; "Paradise Lost" is unique. To say of a thing that it is rare is simply to affirm that it is now seldom found, whether previously common or not; as, a rare old book; a rare word; to call a thing scarce implies that it was at some time more plenty, as when we say food or money is scarce. A particular fruit or coin may be rare; scarce applies to demand and use, and almost always to concrete things; to speak of virtue, genius, or heroism as scarce would be somewhat ludicrous. Rare has the added sense of precious, which is sometimes, but not necessarily, blended with that above given; as, a rare gem. Extraordinary, signifying greatly beyond the ordinary, is a neutral word, capable of a high and good sense or of an invidious, opprobrious, or contemptuous signification; as, extraordinary genius; extraordinary wickedness; an extraordinary assumption of power; extraordinary antics; an extraordinary statement is incredible without overwhelming proof.

    See synonyms for GENERAL; NORMAL; USUAL.

    Synonyms:
    curious, extraordinary, incomparable, infrequent, odd, peculiar, precious, rare, remarkable, singular, strange, uncommon, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, unusual

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. scarce

    Synonyms:
    rare, infrequent, unabundant, unique, uncommon, unusual, singular, precious, choice, few, wanting, sparse

    Antonyms:
    common, frequent, abundant, valueless, thick, plentiful

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. scarce(a.)

    Synonyms:
    deficient, wanting, not plentiful, not abundant

  2. scarce(a.)

    Synonyms:
    rare, uncommon, infrequent

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. scarce(a)

    Synonyms:
    rare, unplentiful, deficient

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    rare, meagre, limited, scant, few, uncommon, sparse, little, lean, infrequent, meager, low

How to pronounce scarce?

Alex
Alex
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Daniel
Daniel
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Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

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How to use scarce in a sentence?

  1. Joachim Blatter:

    It is important for Swiss business to know what will happen with immigration and the pool of labor. For Switzerland, like many other countries, skilled labor will become scarce in the years ahead.

  2. Jon Peacock:

    The state could do far more to expand the workforce by investing in broader access to effective drug treatment programs, rather than spending scarce state resources on the administration of drug screening and testing requirements.

  3. Bai Li:

    People still think being fat is a good thing. Pacific Island's particularly true for older generation. They often grew up in poverty when food was scarce, grandparents often live with the family and given that parents often both work, they play a big role in deciding what children eat.

  4. Oswald Chambers:

    A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.

  5. Adam Bulama:

    Now meat is scarce in Maiduguri, nobody can afford it.


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