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Meaning of scarce

scarce

Pronunciation: (skârs), [key]
— adj., adv. scarc•er, scarc•est,
—adj.
  1. insufficient to satisfy the need or demand; not abundant: Meat and butter were scarce during the war.
  2. seldom met with; rare: a scarce book.
    1. to depart, esp. suddenly.
    2. to stay away; avoid.
—adv.
  1. scarcely.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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