1. Deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand (synset 300016794)
    "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"
  1. Only a very short time before (synset 400002669)
    "we hardly knew them"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"
  2. Almost not (synset 400003317)
    "he hardly ever goes fishing"; "he was scarce sixteen years old"; "they scarcely ever used the emergency generator"; "I can hardly hear what she is saying"; "she barely seemed to notice him"; "we were so far back in the theater, we could barely read the subtitles"

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